relinquish


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re·lin·quish

 (rĭ-lĭng′kwĭsh)
tr.v. re·lin·quished, re·lin·quish·ing, re·lin·quish·es
1. To give up or abandon (control of something or a claim, for example).
2. To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended); stop doing or adhering to.
3. To let go; surrender: relinquished the lands by treaty.
4. To cease holding physically; release: relinquish a grip.

[Middle English relinquisshen, from Old French relinquir, relinquiss-, from Latin relinquere : re-, re- + linquere, to leave; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.]

re·lin′quish·er n.
re·lin′quish·ment n.
Synonyms: relinquish, yield, resign, abandon, surrender, cede, waive, renounce
These verbs mean letting something go or giving something up. Relinquish, the least specific, may connote regret: can't relinquish his dream of emigrating. Yield implies giving way, as to pressure, often in the hope that such action will be temporary: had to yield ground. Resign suggests formal relinquishing (resigned their claim to my land) or acquiescence arising from hopelessness (resigned himself to forgoing his vacation). Abandon and surrender both imply no expectation of recovering what is given up; surrender also implies the operation of compulsion or force: abandoned all hope for a resolution; surrendered control of the company. Cede connotes formal transfer, as of territory: ceded the province to the victor. Waive implies a voluntary decision to dispense with something, such as a right: waived all privileges. To renounce is to relinquish formally and usually as a matter of principle: renounced worldly goods.

relinquish

(rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
2. to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
3. to release; let go
[C15: from French relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave]
reˈlinquisher n
reˈlinquishment n

re•lin•quish

(rɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ)

v.t.
1. to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, claim, etc.).
2. to give up; put aside or desist from: to relinquish a plan.
3. to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.
[1425–75; late Middle English relinquissen, relinquisshen < Middle French relinquiss-, long s. of relinquir « Latin relinquere to leave behind =re- re- + linquere to leave]
re•lin′quish•er, n.
re•lin′quish•ment, n.

relinquish


Past participle: relinquished
Gerund: relinquishing

Imperative
relinquish
relinquish
Present
I relinquish
you relinquish
he/she/it relinquishes
we relinquish
you relinquish
they relinquish
Preterite
I relinquished
you relinquished
he/she/it relinquished
we relinquished
you relinquished
they relinquished
Present Continuous
I am relinquishing
you are relinquishing
he/she/it is relinquishing
we are relinquishing
you are relinquishing
they are relinquishing
Present Perfect
I have relinquished
you have relinquished
he/she/it has relinquished
we have relinquished
you have relinquished
they have relinquished
Past Continuous
I was relinquishing
you were relinquishing
he/she/it was relinquishing
we were relinquishing
you were relinquishing
they were relinquishing
Past Perfect
I had relinquished
you had relinquished
he/she/it had relinquished
we had relinquished
you had relinquished
they had relinquished
Future
I will relinquish
you will relinquish
he/she/it will relinquish
we will relinquish
you will relinquish
they will relinquish
Future Perfect
I will have relinquished
you will have relinquished
he/she/it will have relinquished
we will have relinquished
you will have relinquished
they will have relinquished
Future Continuous
I will be relinquishing
you will be relinquishing
he/she/it will be relinquishing
we will be relinquishing
you will be relinquishing
they will be relinquishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been relinquishing
you have been relinquishing
he/she/it has been relinquishing
we have been relinquishing
you have been relinquishing
they have been relinquishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been relinquishing
you will have been relinquishing
he/she/it will have been relinquishing
we will have been relinquishing
you will have been relinquishing
they will have been relinquishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been relinquishing
you had been relinquishing
he/she/it had been relinquishing
we had been relinquishing
you had been relinquishing
they had been relinquishing
Conditional
I would relinquish
you would relinquish
he/she/it would relinquish
we would relinquish
you would relinquish
they would relinquish
Past Conditional
I would have relinquished
you would have relinquished
he/she/it would have relinquished
we would have relinquished
you would have relinquished
they would have relinquished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.relinquish - part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
hand, pass on, turn over, pass, reach, give - place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
derequisition - release from government control
sacrifice, give - endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
2.relinquish - do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"
kick, give up - stop consuming; "kick a habit"; "give up alcohol"
3.relinquish - turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
disclaim - renounce a legal claim or title to
abandon, give up - give up with the intent of never claiming again; "Abandon your life to God"; "She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti"; "We gave the drowning victim up for dead"
4.relinquish - release, as from one's griprelinquish - release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
muster out, discharge - release from military service
unclasp - release from a clasp; "She clasped and unclasped her hands"
pop - release suddenly; "pop the clutch"
toggle - release by a toggle switch; "toggle a bomb from an airplane"
unhand - remove the hand from
bring out, let out - bring out of a specific state
unleash - release or vent; "unleash one's anger"
let loose, loose, unleash - turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
unleash - release from a leash; "unleash the dogs in the park"
disengage, withdraw - release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"

relinquish

relinquish

verb
1. To give up a possession, claim, or right:
2. To cease trying to accomplish or continue:
Informal: swear off.
Slang: lay off.
3. To let (something) go:
Translations
يَتَخَلّى عن
vzdát se
give afkald på
luopualuovuttaa
gefa eftir; láta af hendi
포기하다
atmestatteikties

relinquish

[rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ] VT [+ claim, right] → renunciar a; [+ control] → ceder; [+ post] → renunciar a, dimitir de
to relinquish one's grip on sth (lit) → soltar algo

relinquish

[rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ] vt [+ power, claim] → renoncer à; [+ plan, habit] → renoncer à

relinquish

vt
(= give up) hope, habit, planaufgeben; right, possessions, power, postaufgeben, verzichten auf (+acc); titleablegen; to relinquish something to somebodyjdm etw abtreten or überlassen
(= let go) to relinquish one’s hold on somebody/something (lit, fig)jdn/etw loslassen; he relinquished his hold on lifesein Lebenswille erstarb

relinquish

[rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ] vt (frm) (right, control, responsibility) → rinunciare a; (post) → lasciare, abbandonare
to relinquish one's hold on sth → lasciare andare qc

relinquish

(rəˈliŋkwiʃ) verb
to give up. The dictator was forced to relinquish control of the country.
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, I cannot help thinking that if we would put an improved breed of polliwogs in our drinking water, construct shallower roadways, groom the street cows, offer the stranger within our gates a free choice between the poniard and the potion, and relinquish our private system of morals, the other measures of public safety would be needless.
John, no doubt, would have given the world to follow, recall, retain her, when she thus left him; but he would not give one chance of heaven, nor relinquish, for the elysium of her love, one hope of the true, eternal Paradise.
Nevertheless he did not relinquish his determination to continue his search for her, since it was quite possible that the gun had been fired by a native, many of whom possessed firearms.
He was now confident that he was following the wrong direction, and with the intention in view of discovering the tracks of the party which had rescued or captured Virginia after he had been forced to relinquish her, he set out in a totally new direction away from the river.
They soon relinquish this turbulence though, and when about three fourths grown, break up, and separately go about in quest of settlements, that is, harems.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Compelled to relinquish her first engagement, she had been united to a man of twice her own years, to whom she became an exemplary wife, and by whose death she was left in possession of a splendid fortune.
The campaign began, the regiment was moved into Poland on double pay, new officers arrived, new men and horses, and above all everybody was infected with the merrily excited mood that goes with the commencement of a war, and Rostov, conscious of his advantageous position in the regiment, devoted himself entirely to the pleasures and interests of military service, though he knew that sooner or later he would have to relinquish them.
The Government of the Republic of Botswana wishes to express her concern regarding the disturbing trend, whereby some political leaders refuse to relinquish power when their term of Office expires.
Having huge vote bank of followers due to attachment of spiritual leader, whose shrine is situated in Sial Sharif at Sargodha-Jhang road, he urged all his followers to relinquish PMLN's membership and urged his followers to relinquish from all government's offices.
Passed in every state over a ten-year period, these laws established anonymous locations and specific time frames for mothers to safely and legally relinquish newborns to the state.
K Sumedha Perera is to relinquish his appointment as Director General General Staff at Army Headquarters and assume office as the Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Central.