Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.]
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.
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.
relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another [syn: surrender]
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.