from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
- intransitive v. To relinquish formally a high office or responsibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
- transitive v. To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity.
- transitive v. To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
- transitive v. To reject; to cast off.
- transitive v. To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim, office, duties, dignity, authority, and the like, especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner.
- To discard; cast away; take leave of: as, to abdicate one's mental faculties. In civil law, to disclaim and expel from a family, as a child; disinherit during lifetime: with a personal subject, as father, parent.
- To put away or expel; banish; renounce the authority of; dethrone; degrade.
- Synonyms To resign, renounce, give up, quit, vacate, relinquish, lay down, abandon, desert. (See list under abandon, v.)
- To renounce or give up something; abandon some claim; relinquish a right, power, or trust.
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
The word abdicate has to our ears a certain regal sound.
And, opinion polls have suggested, done by various television networks that over 55 percent still want her to stay on the throne and not to retire or even to abdicate, which is not in our constitution anyway.
Kamal Abu Sena urges the president to live with dignity and "abdicate," as he put it.
I have never held such a high office --- nor do I aspire for it, nor have the talents to achieve it --- but I think that if I somehow was 'drafted' I would like to believe I'd follow the Mises line and "abdicate" or the Leonard Read line and "push the button".
Yes, I did mean "abdicate," as in abdicate their judgment TO that of their leaders.
There can be no doubt that nothing was further from the mind of James than to abdicate his throne-and, indeed, the Convention left open for everybody to interpret "abdicate" as a 'voluntary or an involuntary retirement from the throne as he wished.
Or kids tugging at their parent's arms to ask what "abdicate" means, at the very least.
The president of Ivory Coast has refused to "abdicate" in the wake of post election violence and said that any attempt to remove him will be met by force, his American representative has told The Daily Telegraph.
Film star Gloria DeHaven was the original choice, but newspaper reports said she was compelled to "abdicate" when an option in her contract was exercised.
There should be "clear consequences" for youngsters who commit crimes, and their parents should not be allowed to "abdicate" responsibility.