transitive verb Etymology: Middle English relinquisshen, from Anglo-French relinquiss-, stem of relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave — more at loan Date: 15th century 1. to withdraw or retreat from ; leave behind 2. give up <
relinquish a title
3. a. to stop holding physically ; release <
slowly relinquished his grip on the bar
b. to give over possession or control of ; yield <
few leaders willingly relinquish power
relinquishment noun Synonyms: relinquish, yield, resign, surrender, abandon, waive mean to give up completely. relinquish usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness <
relinquished her crown
. yield implies concession or compliance or submission to force <
the troops yielded ground grudgingly
. resign emphasizes voluntary relinquishment or sacrifice without struggle <
resigned her position
. surrender implies a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist <
surrendered their claims
. abandon stresses finality and completeness in giving up <
abandoned all hope
. waive implies conceding or forgoing with little or no compulsion <
waived the right to a trial by jury

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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