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Below you will find the definition of abdicate, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
EXAMPLES - Abdicate in a Sentence
- I think us counselors can abdicate that responsibility. (source)
- The word abdicate has to our ears a certain regal sound. (source)
- Will Mayawati agree to 'abdicate' in favour of anyone else? (source)
- It's important not to abdicate responsibility for decision-making. (source)
- And African governments once again get to abdicate their responsibilities. (source)
- Yes, I did mean "abdicate," as in abdicate their judgment TO that of their leaders. (source)
- The answer for CNN is not to abdicate its authority but to use it more aggressively. (source)
- Kamal Abu Sena urges the president to live with dignity and "abdicate," as he put it. (source)
- Or kids tugging at their parent's arms to ask what "abdicate" means, at the very least. (source)
- He's got a full plate here at home, not that he's going to abdicate those foreign relationships. (source)
- This is all the more reason why the U.S. can't afford to abdicate its international leadership role. (source)
- Mr. Mubarak's decision to abdicate more of his power, under duress from protesters, could add urgency to those efforts. (source)
- It is critical, however, that we don't abdicate our philanthropic responsibility and leave giving solely to the very rich. (source)
- Do not compel the Emperor to abdicate, but do not delay the departure of the troops; bring back all those who will not remain there. (source)
- A common mistake is for people to assume that once they commit to a spiritual teacher they can abdicate responsibility for themselves. (source)
- And furthermore, institutional investors would rather abdicate their own due diligence responsibilities when they buy risky securities. (source)
- There should be "clear consequences" for youngsters who commit crimes, and their parents should not be allowed to "abdicate" responsibility. (source)
- They are the ones who have decided to abdicate their responsibility to solve the problem through a broadly popular comprehensive reform plan. (source)
- Under a celebratory facade, Egypt has remained on edge since Mubarak was forced to abdicate Friday, as uncertainty grew over the revolution's next stages. (source)
- Their prevalence and influence offer an important lesson in what happens when courts abdicate their responsibility by improperly deferring to the legislative branch. (source)
- I am flatly against lowering the standards at Cannes but a festival this prominent funded by European taxpayers, can't abdicate responsibility on the subject of diversity. (source)
- And now comes Gen. Petraeus, buttressed by his credulous chorus in Washington, so willing to abdicate the responsibility of making the hard choices we elected them to make. (source)
- Mubarak failed to deliver on all three counts and having breached the unwritten social contract, was required to pay the ultimate political price and abdicate humiliatingly. (source)
- Until such a will is expressed, and as long as no willingness to negotiate is shown by the other side, I do not see that we can abdicate our burdensome position in South Vietnam. (source)
- Perhaps operating under the fear of that "if you try to actually fix something, you own it politically," our government continues to abdicate its responsibilities in the ongoing disaster. (source)
- Perhaps operating under the fear of that "if you try to actually fix something, you own it politically," our government continues to abdicate its responsibilities in the ongoing disaster in the Gulf. (source)
- Thumbing his nose at federal assistance seems to abdicate his responsibilities to the Judd Hesses of his community and others who are down and out, living in tent colonies, arguably not because they want to. (source)
- And, opinion polls have suggested, done by various television networks that over 55 percent still want her to stay on the throne and not to retire or even to abdicate, which is not in our constitution anyway. (source)
- The president of Ivory Coast has refused to "abdicate" in the wake of post election violence and said that any attempt to remove him will be met by force, his American representative has told The Daily Telegraph. (source)
- As the Egyptian crisis grew and it became apparent protesters weren't going home Senator McCain bizarrely announced his call for President Mubarak to abdicate, via twitter: @SenJohnMcCain: Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. (source)
- One cross-cutting theme of the study, featuring broad participation from unions, carriers, manufactures and regulators, is that "pilots sometimes abdicate too much responsibility to the automated systems," according to Ms. Abbott. (source)
- Of course, Schumer would respond by saying that to put it off would be to abdicate legislative responsibility, and that the proliferating patchwork of laws at the state and local levels points to the imperative need to enact legislation now. (source)
- There can be no doubt that nothing was further from the mind of James than to abdicate his throne-and, indeed, the Convention left open for everybody to interpret "abdicate" as a 'voluntary or an involuntary retirement from the throne as he wished. (source)
- And right when everyone was feeling its loss most keenly, Alobar, who, alone, still wore a beet costume-it was the most fulfilling garment he had worn since he was forced to abdicate his kingly ermine-lifted everyone's spirits by spilling the beans. (source)
- Although Reza Shah came to power with British support, he took some measures to limit British influence, and when he tried to keep Iran neutral in World War II, Britain forced him to abdicate in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Shah, in September 1941. (source)
- I have never held such a high office --- nor do I aspire for it, nor have the talents to achieve it --- but I think that if I somehow was 'drafted' I would like to believe I'd follow the Mises line and "abdicate" or the Leonard Read line and "push the button". (source)
- Bloggers were joined by online advocacy groups including MoveOn, CredoAction, ColorofChange. org, SavetheInternet. com and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which are urging the FCC chair not to abdicate his responsibility to stop corporations from picking and choosing how users access information over the Internet. (source)
- But Schoenfeld clearly wants a well-known news organization like the New York Times and its journalists, to which he is obviously antipathetic, to be prosecuted to create what lawyers call a chilling effect on the rest of the American news media, persuading them to abdicate their right and responsibility to decide what they publish and broadcast. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 38.0, which suggests that "abdicate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 28 synonyms for abdicate.
abandon, abjure, abnegate, bag it, bail out, cede, demit, drop, forgo, give up, leave, leave high and dry, leave holding the bag, leave in the lurch, opt out, quit, quitclaim, relinquish, renounce, resign, retire, sell out, step down, surrender, vacate, waive, withdraw, yield
We have 20 antonyms for abdicate.
assert, assume, challenge, claim, come, continue, defend, defy, do, fight, hold, keep, maintain, pursue, remain, retain, stay, treasure, usurp, win
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abdicate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
- (verb-intransitive) To relinquish formally a high office or responsibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity.
- (verb-transitive) To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
- (verb-transitive) To reject; to cast off.
- (verb-transitive) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
- (verb-intransitive) To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim, office, duties, dignity, authority, and the like, especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner.
- (None) To discard; cast away; take leave of: as, to abdicate one's mental faculties. In civil law, to disclaim and expel from a family, as a child; disinherit during lifetime: with a personal subject, as father, parent.
- (None) To put away or expel; banish; renounce the authority of; dethrone; degrade.
- (None) Synonyms To resign, renounce, give up, quit, vacate, relinquish, lay down, abandon, desert. (See list under abandon, v.)
- (None) To renounce or give up something; abandon some claim; relinquish a right, power, or trust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations