Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) part with a possession or right
    resign a claim to the throne
  2. (verb, social) do without or cease to hold or adhere to
    relinquish the old ideas
  3. (verb, possession) turn away from; give up
  4. (verb, contact) release, as from one's grip
    relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall

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Origin of the word Relinquish

  1. 1472, from M.Fr. relinquiss-, prp. stem of relinquir (12c.), from L. relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from base *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Skt. reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Gk. leipein "to leave;" Goth. lei… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Relinquish

railing, rallying, real mccoy, realness, relay link, reliance, roiling, rolling, ruling

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