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Definition of abdicate:

  1. To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
  2. To reject; to cast off.
  3. To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
  4. To renounce; to relinquish; - said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
  5. To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

Synonyms:

depart from, retire from, repudiate, court, forego, cast off, accede, yield, crown, commoner, dethrone, shirk, recant, accession, foreswear, step aside, neglect, coronation, keep, forswear, demit, abjure, depose, hand over, quitclaim, wash your hands of, render, cede, the crown, not be someone's keeper, step down, withdraw from.

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