Definition of relinquish in English:


Syllabification: re·lin·quish
Pronunciation: /riˈliNGkwiSH


[with object]
  • Voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up: he relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive
    More example sentences
    • There is no evidence of her ever wishing to voluntarily relinquish the post.
    • However, he signed a contract relinquishing his claim to his benefits in April 1994, just one month earlier.
    • Their lawyer told the court that, since they had relinquished any claim to the child, there was no purpose in continuing the application.
    renounce, give up/away, hand over, let go ofleave, resign from, stand down from, bow out of, give up
    informal quit, chuck
    discontinue, stop, cease, give up, desist from
    informal quit, kick
    formal forswear



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  • Caretakers report behavior problems as the primary reason in 40% of dog relinquishments and 28% of cat relinquishments.
  • Acquiring knowledge about animal behavior, as well as general animal health care, prior to acquiring a pet could prevent relinquishments of this type.
  • The family must gradually relinquish control while maintaining ‘a veto against excess and danger,’ in which the relinquishment is at least as difficult for the parent as the veto may feel to the child.


late Middle English: from Old French relinquiss-, lengthened stem of relinquir, from Latin relinquere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + linquere 'to leave'.

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