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Definition to give something up, or to let go of something
  • Mary Queen of Scots refused to relinquish her throne, so Queen Elizabeth had her executed.
relinquish = give up
  • Relinquish your grip on the rope—you won't fall.
  • relinquish = let go of
  • I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
  • relinquishing = giving up
  • It is time for me to relinquish the old ideas.
  • relinquish = give up
  • Each family member, including Lily, had been required to sign a pledge that they would not become attached to this little temporary guest, and that they would relinquish him without protest or appeal when he was assigned to his own family unit at next year's Ceremony.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • relinquish = surrender (give away)
  • We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • relinquished = gave up
  • We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • relinquished = gave up
  • Jonas never found the Ceremony of Ten particularly interesting — only time-consuming, as each child's hair was snipped neatly into its distinguishing cut: females lost their braids at Ten, and males, too, relinquished their long childish hair and took on the more manly short style which exposed their ears.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • relinquished = gave up
  • 'I am not afraid,' said Oliver in a low voice, as he relinquished Mr. Brownlow's hand.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had relinquished his marriage with Christine Daae.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • I never relinquished command.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I could scream now, cling to the banister, relinquish dignity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • You are so unwilling to relinquish your comfort that your selfishness drains you of humanity!
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • For once, I want to relinquish control.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • You could relinquish him to an orphanage here, then file an orphan petition.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Will he persuade the purchaser of the old Pyncheon property to relinquish the bargain in his favor?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But there was no reply, not even a sign, and the gaze on him did not relinquish its clutch.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • The old man, who had been about to do so from disinclination to confess his weakness, seemed glad at the first suggestion to relinquish the attempt.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She relinquished Lucetta's hands, and ran to the door.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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