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
- 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.
- 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.
- n. Act of renouncing.
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
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)