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abdicate
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
abdicated the throne
Definition to formally give up power — as when giving up a position of royalty such as to resign from being king
  • The King abdicated when he married her.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The king and queen who are at present occupying my throne are very old and tottering, and are going to abdicate shortly in my favor.
    Wiggin, Kate Douglas  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • "But, Sire," interrupted Drinian, "are you abdicating?"
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • abdicating = formally giving up power
  • "Royalties may not abdicate," fell as a warning from pretty lips.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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2  —as in:
abdicated responsibility
Definition to ignore duties or obligations
  • You can't abdicate responsibility.
abdicate = ignore
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • You can delegate, but you can't abdicate ultimate responsibility.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
abdicated = ignored duties (of)

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