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▪ To create a demise or bareboat charter, an owner must relinquish possession, control and navigation of the vessel the charterer.
▪ Stultz relinquished the controls to Gordon, and Slim headed northeast across the open sea.
▪ The Communist party is gradually relinquishing control.
▪ A previous board relinquished control of the $ 81 million facility in July 1996, because of growing financial problems.
▪ Slowly, states are beginning to relinquish control of their energy industries.
▪ Movie companies are understandably uptight about relinquishing control over how products are portrayed by film makers.
▪ Soon, she felt, she would just have to relinquish control and let it carry her.
▪ Lockwood himself was forced to relinquish his position in 1990.
▪ Otton, the junior who shared time with Kyle Wachholtz at quarterback, started and did not relinquish the position.
▪ He relinquished his position as coach of the Kiwis after the Final and can now concentrate on making Wigan a force again.
▪ Finally, Franco simply did not want to relinquish his position.
▪ This did not, however, mean that he was ready to relinquish his all-powerful position.
▪ Many thought Dole should at least relinquish his post of Senate majority leader to gain freedom from legislative strictures.
▪ Conversely, it may not be hard to relinquish certain roles and tasks which were never experienced as rewarding.
▪ His court appearances drew so much flak that he was forced to relinquish his role at Microsoft.
▪ Venables relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive, with Peter Shreeves recalled as manager.
▪ Slowly and reluctantly they were relinquishing the doer role and coming to know what it meant to be responsible for people.
▪ David Cranston will relinquish the role that he has combined with that of chief executive.
▪ The problem of Stewart's role was further complicated by his relinquishing the wicket-keeping role in order to captain the team.
▪ Lockwood himself was forced to relinquish his position in 1990.
▪ His court appearances drew so much flak that he was forced to relinquish his role at Microsoft.
▪ Republicans have been hoping for a reprimand because that is a punishment that would not force Gingrich automatically to relinquish the speakership.
▪ Captain Weiss will relinquish command after this mission.
▪ The prince was persuaded to relinquish his claim to the throne.
▪ The United States is pressing the rebel army to relinquish power.
▪ Britain was pulling out and relinquishing responsibility there within thirty days.
▪ Equally some parents in the study quoted above, wanted to say good-bye and relinquish their children in a positive sense.
▪ Finally, Franco simply did not want to relinquish his position.
▪ He relinquished her hand and stood, stretching the tiredness from his muscles.
▪ Slowly, states are beginning to relinquish control of their energy industries.
▪ This is a very fine work and one regrets that, in later life, he relinquished the oil medium.
▪ Vanreenen relinquished his membership and served as secretary for six years; the Honorable Company prohibits members from working for the club.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Relinquish \Re*lin"quish\ (-kw?sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relinquished (-kw?sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Relinquishing.] [OF. relinquir, L. relinquere to leave behind; pref. re- re + linquere to leave. See Loan, and cf. Relic, Relict.]

  1. To withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to abandon; to quit; as, to relinquish a pursuit.

    We ought to relinquish such rites.

    They placed Irish tenants upon the lands relinquished by the English.
    --Sir J. Davies.

  2. To give up; to renounce a claim to; resign; as, to relinquish a debt.

    Syn: To resign; leave; quit; forsake; abandon; desert; renounce; forb?ar; forego. See Resign.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "desert, abandon;" late 15c., "give up, desist," from Old French relinquiss-, present participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from root *leikw- "to leave behind" (cognates: Sanskrit reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Greek leipein "to leave;" Gothic leihvan, Old English lænan "to lend;" Old High German lihan "to borrow;" Old Norse lan "loan"). Related: Relinquished; relinquishing.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To give up, abandon or retire from something. 2 (context transitive English) To let go (free, away), physically release. 3 (context transitive English) To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession. 4 (context transitive English) To accept to give up, withdraw etc.

  1. v. part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: release, resign, free, give up]

  2. relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another [syn: surrender]

  3. do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas" [syn: waive, forgo, foreswear, dispense with]

  4. turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever" [syn: foreswear, renounce, quit]

  5. release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall" [syn: let go of, let go, release] [ant: hold]

Usage examples of "relinquish".

Hogg relinquished the farm of Mount Benger, and returned to his former residence at Altrive.

He intended to intimate that he had come back to Baden with his mind made up to relinquish his suit, and that he had questioned Bernard simply from moral curiosity-- for the sake of intellectual satisfaction.

Sels, relinquishing contact with Bett, without taking the transfer he craved.

But it was saved from doing anything positive by a policy which required evidence of a stable and responsible government in China before extrality could be relinquished.

There had to be some way to get Monteith to relinquish custody of Etaine.

If within a short period two cases of puerperal fever happen close to each other, in the practice of the same physician, the disease not existing or prevailing in the neighborhood, he would do wisely to relinquish his obstetrical practice for at least one month, and endeavor to free himself by every available means from any noxious influence he may carry about with him.

Souder nodded and went to the telephone, which Parrell had relinquished.

The ale jars were refilled, pipes and tobacco were brought in, and the weaver relinquished his office of potman to his daughter.

I do not think, if he finds that he has to choose between your leaving him and his leaving oil privateering, he will hesitate in relinquishing the latter.

In 1846, however, Congress authorized a referendum on the question of retroceding Alexandria County to Virginia, and declared that jurisdiction should be relinquished to that State if a majority of the voters in the county voted in favor of the change.

Tomas Gingerwart, who leads the three hundred daring settlers, and Shamus Kilronney, captain of the Kingsmen brigade, speak hopefully of a return to normalcy by the time winter relinquishes its grip on the land.

Augustus to relinquish the ambitious design of subduing the whole earth, and to introduce a spirit of moderation into the public councils.

Peace, the New Kelvinese thaumaturge I told you about, said that the mirror was the only one which had begun to relinquish its secrets.

Although both children were still too young to take their vows, mother abbess Suor Ludovica Vinta told the ailing Galileo that she desired to see them appropriately outfitted before she relinquished her elected office.

Duncan glance at Worley, who had become busy engraving a pattern onto his Styrofoam cup with his fingernail, his way of relinquishing this unpleasant duty to Duncan.