The definition of abdicate means to formally and/or publicly give up a position of power or a responsibility, usually by choice.(verb)
An example of abdicate is a king choosing to no longer be king.
See abdicate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L abdicatus, pp. of abdicare, to deny, renounce < ab-, off + dicare, to proclaim, akin to dicere, to say: see diction
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verb ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing, ab·di·cates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin abdicāre, abdicāt-, to disclaim
Origin: : ab-, away; see ab-1
Origin: + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
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