What does the word abdicate mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To give up voluntarily; renounce office, etc.

Usage examples for abdicate

  1. This prince refusing to abdicate at the expiration of the year, Polynices fled to Argos, where marrying Argia, the daughter of Adrastus, king of that country, he procured the assistance of his father- in- law, to enforce the engagement stipulated with his brother Eteocles. – Titus Flavius Domitianus (Domitian) The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Volume 12. by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
  2. I resign, I abdicate. – Prose Fancies by Richard Le Gallienne
  3. The senate, therefore, immediately sent letters to the camp, recalling the consuls to Rome with all possible speed, and commanding them to forbear from acting against the enemies, and to abdicate the consulship on the first opportunity. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh