Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement. See Synonyms at relinquish.
  • transitive v. To reject; disown.
  • intransitive v. Games To revoke in cards.
  • n. Games A revoke in cards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of renouncing.
  • v. To give up, resign, surrender.
  • v. To cast off, repudiate.
  • v. To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
  • v. To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
  • v. To make a renunciation of something.
  • v. To surrender formally some right or trust.
  • v. (cards) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of renouncing.
  • intransitive v. To make renunciation.
  • intransitive v. To decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate or letters.
  • transitive v. To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim.
  • transitive v. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear.
  • transitive v. To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To declare against; disown; disclaim; abjure; forswear; refuse to own, acknowledge, or practise.
  • To cast off or reject, as a connection or possession; forsake.
  • In card-playing, to play (a suit) different from what is led: as, he renounced spades.
  • To declare a renunciation.
  • In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, to play a card of a different suit from that led; in a restricted sense, to have to play a card of another suit when the player has no card of the suit led. Compare revoke.
  • n. In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, the playing of a card of a different suit from that led.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
  • v. turn away from; give up
  • v. cast off
  • v. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

Etymologies

Middle English renouncen, from Old French renoncer, from Latin renūntiāre, to report : re-, re- + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin renuntiare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We were contemptible to attend to which Edgar Scott, a partial of of unequivocally prolonged standing, has motionless to renounce from a Society, given he feels which he can no longer have a prolonged expostulate home after cooking meetings.

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  • What I renounce is relying on the proclamation of one language user (e.g.,

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  • If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.

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  • I didn't use the word renounce because it has a specific, legal meaning when talking about citizenship.

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  • And since it has been determined that love is service, and since to renounce is to serve, then Jees Uck, who was merely a woman of a swart-skinned breed, loved with a great love.

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  • Brady, however, called on Quinn to apologize and "renounce" Hendon, he told the Chicago Tribune.

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  • Yep, that's "renounce," people, just like Gandhi's exhortation that we "have nothing to do with power."

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  • Jesus warned against the intoxication of power, especially political power, and advised his followers to "renounce" it.

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  • The only thing that is in error is the term "renounce" as it applies to polygamy.

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  • Curiously, I see nothing about a requirement to "renounce" one's religious beliefs, but that hasn't stopped Ezra from making that claim over and over and over all emphasis added:

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  • "On 25 September 2008, Nihal, a 24-year-old Druze woman said 'I do' to the man she loved. On the same day she had to say goodbye to her parents, siblings and hometown in the occupied Golan. To marry her Druze cousin who lives in Syria proper, she had to make the painful decision of exchanging her Israeli identification card for Syrian citizenship, and thereby renounce her right to return home."
    - 'Occupied Golan: a happy event in a sad setting', icrc.org, 6 Oct 2008.

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