- The definition of abdicate means to formally and/or publicly give up a position of power or a responsibility, usually by choice.
An example of abdicate is a king choosing to no longer be king.
abdicate definition by Webster's New World
- to give up formally (a high office, throne, authority, etc.)
- to surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.)
Origin: ; from Classical Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare, to deny, renounce ; from ab-, off plush dicare, to proclaim, akin to dicere, to say: see diction
abdicate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing, ab·di·cates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin abdicāre, abdicāt-, to disclaim : ab-, away; see ab-1 + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- abˈdi·ca·ble adjective
- abˌdi·caˈtion noun
- abˈdi·caˌtor noun