February 24, 2013
- relinquish (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to withdraw or retreat from : leave behind2 : to give over to the control or possession of another3 : to let go of : release
- How do you use it?
- "‘If he were Admiral Hawke he shall pay his score,' cried Silver; and then, relinquishing my hand, ‘Who did you say he was?' he asked. ‘Black what?'" (Robert Louis Stevenson, _Treasure Island_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think has about the same meaning as "relinquish"?"Waive," "surrender," "resign," "abandon" and "relinquish" all mean to give something up completely. "Relinquish" usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness, as in, "The king finally agreed to relinquish his crown to his nephew." "Waive" implies giving up a right to do something, as in, "The company will waive shipping fees." "Surrender" suggests giving up after a struggle to keep something or to resist something, as in "They surrendered their claim to the land." "Resign" suggests the idea of giving something up voluntarily or without a struggle, as in "He resigned his position at the library." "Abandon" stresses finality and completeness in giving something up, as in "They abandoned the plans to build a new shopping mall."