- An example of to relinquish is a dog giving up his toy.
- An example of to relinquish is a nation giving land back after a war is won.
- to give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
- to renounce or surrender (something owned, a right, etc.)
- to let go (a grasp, hold, etc.)
Origin of relinquishLate Middle English relinquissen from extended stem of Old French relinquir from Classical Latin relinquere from re-, from + linquere, to leave: see loan
transitive verbre·lin·quished, re·lin·quish·ing, re·lin·quish·es
- To give up or abandon (control of something or a claim, for example).
- To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended); stop doing or adhering to.
- To let go; surrender: relinquished the lands by treaty.
- To cease holding physically; release: relinquish a grip.
Origin of relinquishMiddle English relinquisshen from Old French relinquir relinquiss- from Latin relinquere re- re- linquere to leave ; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present relinquishes, present participle relinquishing, simple past and past participle relinquished)
From Middle English relinquisshen, from the inflected stem of Middle French relinquir, from Latin relinquere, itself from re- + linquere (“to leave").