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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
  • Prince Edward abdicated the British throne to marry the American.
abdicated = formally gave up power
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In 1917, Nicholas II abdicated both for himself and on behalf of his son, ending the Russian monarchy and over 300 years of Romanov rule.
  • abdicated = formally gave up power
  • 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
  • I'll accept my lot. I'll sacrifice. I'll repent. I'll abdicate.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • abdicate = formally give up power
  • "I think the Pakistan government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and the extremists," said Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • abdicating = giving up power
  • There was in this voluntary abdication of his freewill, in this fancy submitting itself to another fancy, which suspects it not, a mixture of fantastic independence and blind obedience, something indescribable, intermediate between slavery and liberty, which pleased Gringoire,—a spirit essentially compound, undecided, and complex, holding the extremities of all extremes, incessantly suspended between all human propensities, and neutralizing one by the other.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • abdication = giving up power
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In 1949, two years after the creation of Pakistan, he abdicated in favor of his elder son, Miangul Abdul Haq Jehanzeb.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • abdicated = formally resigned form being a ruler
  • "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 delegate, but you can't abdicate ultimate responsibility.
abdicate = ignore
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The mayor complained that the police had abdicated their responsibility to protect the public.
  • abdicated = ignored
  • 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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