- 1 [no object] (Of a monarch) renounce one’s throne: in 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor [with object]: Ferdinand abdicated the throne in favour of the emperor’s brotherMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Which king abdicated from the British throne in 1936?
- Following this the proud king abdicated his throne to his son Anandapala and committed suicide by climbing onto his own funeral pyre.
- If the Tsar had abdicated, what would happen to us?
- 2 [with object] Fail to fulfil or undertake (a responsibility or duty): the government was accused of abdicating its responsibilityMás ejemplos en oraciones
- It is Council responsibility to do recycling and we're abdicating our responsibility.
- Governments around the world are abdicating their responsibilities to protect the natural resources in their territory, giving authority away to the private companies involved in resource exploitation.
- What is startling about this statement is the degree to which this mayor is simply abdicating responsibility for governing the city.
mid 16th century: from Latin abdicat- 'renounced', from the verb abdicare, from ab- 'away, from' + dicare 'declare'.