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.
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
relinquish (part of speech: verb)
abandon (part of speech: verb)
renounce (part of speech: verb)
resign (part of speech: verb)
rid (part of speech: verb)
- Miss Millicent Skinner, too, was in a like mysterious way compelled to abdicate her high place in favor of Cynthia, and Wetherell was utterly unable to explain how this miracle was accomplished.
- But in order to substantiate this result England must also abdicate her claim. - "The Healing of Nations and the Hidden Sources of Their Strife", Edward Carpenter.
- The deeds of Philip required no herald, unless Henry was prepared to abdicate his hardly- earned title to the throne of France. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.