AskDefine | Define renounce

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1 give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee" [syn: abdicate]
2 leave (a job, post, post, or position) voluntarily; "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds" [syn: vacate, resign, give up]
3 turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever" [syn: foreswear, quit, relinquish]
4 cast off or disown; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son" [syn: repudiate]

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From Latin renuntiare.


  1. An act of renouncing.

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  1. To give up, resign, surrender.
  2. To cast off, repudiate.
  3. To decline further association with someone or something.
  4. To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
  5. To make a renunciation of something.
  6. To surrender formally some right or trust.
  7. (cards) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.

Related terms


give up
  • Dutch: opgeven
  • Norwegian: forsake, oppgi
decline association with
  • Norwegian: avsverge, fornekte
abandon, forsake an action
  • Norwegian: gi avkall, renonsere
make renunciation
surrender a right or trust
  • Norwegian: frasi, gi avkall, renonsere
fail to follow suit
  • Dutch: verzaken


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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