- 1to stop having something, especially when this happens unwillingly synonym give up
- 2 relinquish something He was forced to relinquish control of the company. They had relinquished all hope that she was alive. I relinquished her hand (= stopped holding it) and stood up. relinquish something to somebody She relinquished possession of the house to her sister.
NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relinquish
he / she / it relinquishes
past simple relinquished
-ing form relinquishing