from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To retire from; give up or abandon.
- transitive v. To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended).
- transitive v. To let go; surrender.
- transitive v. To cease holding physically; release: relinquish a grip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give up, abandon or retire from something.
- v. To let go (free, away), physically release.
- v. To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession.
- v. To accept to give up, withdraw etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to abandon; to quit.
- transitive v. To give up; to renounce a claim to; resign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give up the possession or occupancy of; withdraw from; leave; abandon; quit.
- To cease from; give up the pursuit or practice of; desist from: as, to relinquish bad habits.
- To renounce a claim to; resign:-as, to relinquish a debt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release, as from one's grip
- v. part with a possession or right
- v. turn away from; give up
- v. do without or cease to hold or adhere to
Middle English relinquisshen, from Old French relinquir, relinquiss-, from Latin relinquere : re-, re- + linquere, to leave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English relinquisshen, from the inflected stem of Middle French relinquir, from Latin relinquere, itself, from re- + linquere ("to leave") (Wiktionary)