- (transitive) To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.
- (transitive, obsolete) To reject; to cast off.
- (transitive, law) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
- (intransitive) To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.
Adverbs for Abdicate
altruistically; willingly; voluntarily; dramatically; ignominiously; unaccountably; cravenly; enforcedly; pusillanimously; sub- missively; shrewdly; pliantly; tractably; passively.
Synonyms for Abdicate
- (surrender, renounce, or relinquish): give up, relinquish, renounce, quit, vacate, surrender, relent
- (reject; cast off): forsake, abandon, desert, renounce, relent, repudiate
- (disclaim and expel from family; disown; disinherit): forsake, give up
- (relinquish or renounce a high office or sovereignty): relinquish, renounce, resign, quit, give up, vacate, relent
Antonyms for Abdicate
abandon, abjure, acknowledge defeat, be pensioned, be superannuated, cashier, cast, cease, cede, cry quits, demit, desist from, drop, forgo, forswear, give over, give up, hand over, have done with, jettison, lay down, leave, leave off, pension off, quit, reject, relinquish, renounce, renounce the throne, resign, retire, retire from office, scrap, shed, slough, stand aside, stand down, step aside, superannuate, surrender, throw away, throw out, throw up, vacate, waive, withdraw from, wrest, yield
- first-person plural present active imperative of abdicō