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.
Relinquish a grip.
Relinquished the lands by treaty.
Origin of relinquish
- Middle English relinquisshen from Old French relinquir relinquiss- from Latin relinquere re- re- linquere to leave leikw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English relinquisshen, from the inflected stem of Middle French relinquir, from Latin relinquere, itself from re- + linquere (“to leave").