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  • v. Present participle of relinquish.

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

  • n. the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
  • n. a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.


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  • And then the relinquishing is not so painful, is it?

    The Honeymoon’s Over

  • This was done with a view to reporting whether the conditions had been complied with upon which the foreign powers would be justified in relinquishing their extraterritorial rights.

    China and the Foreign Powers

  • Her equity acknowledged that Clermont had every right of choice: but while her candour induced her to even applaud his disinterestedness in relinquishing the Cleves estate, her capacity pointed out how terrible must be the personal defects, that so speedily, without one word of conversation, one trial of any sort how their tastes, tempers, or characters might accord, stimulated him to so decisive a rejection.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • Parents need to begin relinquishing control on day two of their children’s lives.

    Let’s Talk About It–Again! « Awful Library Books

  • As late as 1949, more than 80 percent of China’s dioceses remained under the control of European bishops who had little interest in relinquishing their sees to the Chinese.

    Keeping Faith

  • Store managers may not have been thrilled with the idea of relinquishing stockpiles during the boom years, but the contraction no doubt nudged them in a direction that will ultimately make them a more stable employer.

    Edward Muzio: The Upside of the Economy's Downturn

  • SESAY: Nkrumah's support for other liberation movements helped fan the flames of growing nationalism, and the dominant colonial powers, France and Britain, economically weakened by World War II, were less resistant to the idea of relinquishing control.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2007

  • He thought of Kate often enough, and he did not like the idea of relinquishing her sister, who was his major hold over her.

    Empire Builders

  • In fact, in addition to being a “nation under law” there is still another reason we citizens of the United States should feel comfortable with the notion of relinquishing external sovereignty For it is precisely because we made such a relinquishment that we are the United States.


  • Perhaps she resented the idea of relinquishing the reins of government at Trenby Hall in favour of a daughter-in-law.

    The Moon out of Reach


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