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From Latin abdicātus, perfect passive participle of abdicō (abdicate), formed from ab + dicō (proclaim, dedicate), akin to dīcō (say).



to Abdicate

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to Abdicate (third-person singular simple present abdicat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive) To surrender, renounce 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.
    Note: The word abdicate was held to mean, in the case of James II, to abandon without a formal surrender.
  2. (transitive) (obsolete) To reject; to cast off. - Bishop Joseph Hall
  3. (transitive) (law) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
  4. (intransitive) To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.
    • Though a king may abdicate for his own person, he cannot abdicate for the monarchy. Edmund Burke


  • (surrender, renounce, or relinquish): give up, relinquish, renounce, quit, vacate, surrender, relent
  • (reject; cast off): forsake, abandon, desert, renounce, relent
  • (disclaim and expel from family; disown; disinherit): forsake, give up
  • (relinquish or renounce a high office or sovereignty): relinquish, renounce, resign, quit, give up, vacate, relent

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  • Macedonian: се одкажува (se odkažuva)
  • Slovak: vzdať sa (úradu), odstúpiť, zriecť sa


(Version: Simplified,Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - d - e - k



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  1. second person plural present tense of abdicare
  2. second person plural imperative of abdicare

am:abdicate ar:abdicate ca:abdicate et:abdicate el:abdicate fa:abdicate fr:abdicate gl:abdicate ko:abdicate io:abdicate it:abdicate kn:abdicate hu:abdicate ml:abdicate my:abdicate ja:abdicate oc:abdicate pl:abdicate pt:abdicate fi:abdicate sv:abdicate ta:abdicate te:abdicate th:abdicate chr:abdicate tr:abdicate uk:abdicate vi:abdicate vo:abdicate zh:abdicate