ab·di·cate [ab-di-keyt] verb, ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing. verb (used without object)

  1. to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936.


1535–45; < Latin abdicātus renounced (past participle of abdicāre ), equivalent to ab- ab- + dicātus proclaimed ( dic- (see dictum) + -ātus -ate1 )

Related forms

ab·di·ca·ble [ab-di-kuh-buhl], adjective
ab·di·ca·tive [ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-], adjective
ab·di·ca·tor, noun
non·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
un·ab·di·cat·ed, adjective
un·ab·di·cat·ing, adjective
un·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective