• WordNet 3.6
    • v relinquish release, as from one's grip "Let go of the door handle, please!","relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
    • v relinquish turn away from; give up "I am foreswearing women forever"
    • v relinquish part with a possession or right "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest","resign a claim to the throne"
    • v relinquish do without or cease to hold or adhere to "We are dispensing with formalities","relinquish the old ideas"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Relinquish To give up; to renounce a claim to; resign; as, to relinquish a debt.
    • Relinquish To withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to abandon; to quit; as, to relinquish a pursuit. "We ought to relinquish such rites.""They placed Irish tenants upon the lands relinquished by the English."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • relinquish To give up the possession or occupancy of; withdraw from; leave; abandon; quit.
    • relinquish To cease from; give up the pursuit or practice of; desist from: as, to relinquish bad habits.
    • relinquish To renounce a claim to; resign:-as, to relinquish a debt. Synonyms Abandon, Desert, etc. (see forsake), let go, yield, cede, surrender, give up, lay down. See list under desert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Relinquish rē-ling′kwish to abandon: to give up: to renounce a claim to
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.”
  • Cornelius Nepos
    Cornelius Nepos
    “So that he seemed not to relinquish life, but to leave one home for another.”
  • Naomi Wolf
    Naomi Wolf
    “To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.”
  • Milton Hall
    Milton Hall
    “Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.”
  • Stewart E. White
    Stewart E. White
    “Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. relinquir, L. relinquere, to leave behind; pref. re-, re + linquere, to leave. See Loan, and cf. Relic Relict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. relinquir—L. relinquĕre, relictumre-, away from, linquĕre, to leave.


In literature:

You were obliged to relinquish him once.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Mr. Armstrong relinquished her, almost imperceptibly, to her younger friends.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
She got up and took Royce's hands between hers and led him to a chair before she relinquished them.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Reluctantly he relinquished the limp hand, and the effort cost him a pang.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Are you willing to relinquish it to another?
"Frank and Fearless" by Horatio Alger Jr.
The Dramatic Society was relinquished, and the general interest manifested in it was transferred to the town lyceum.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
But that was an office he would relinquish to no one.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
Though I relinquish her to you, I do not lose her since I shall live near her, and we can both love her.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
But he put his hand upon the key he had relinquished, turned it sturdily, walked in, and lighted his candle.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Once dressed, he relinquished the idea of going to his mother for a parting kiss.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
Mr. Burton holds a good position on the railway, in Birmingham, which I know he has no present intention of relinquishing.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
He relinquished his hold of the chair and defended himself with his hands.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Realizing that I can offer you only continued poverty and added anxiety, I here and now relinquish my design.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
After the important era of her marriage, she seems to have relinquished her literary ardour.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
He constrained her, with Charles's arguments, to relinquish her burial scheme.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
He would not relinquish her.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Before the Germans could relinquish their places they were shot down by their comrades in the rear.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
That good woman, having received her prodigal back, did not intend to relinquish him.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
I must take care of you, I see, and persuade you to relinquish it entirely.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Almost on the instant, this purpose had to be relinquished.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

There was an Old Man of the coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
But when it was cold
He relinquished his hold
And called for some hot buttered toast.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man of the coast" by Edward Lear
The knight stood erect in the midst of the hall,
And sterner his visage became,
'Now, shame and dishonour my 'scutcheon befall
If thus I relinquish my claim."
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
'Now, swear to relinquish all claim to our land,
Or to give as a hostage your bride!
Or fly if you’re able, or yield where you stand,
Or die as your betters have died!'
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
II. Sweet social ties, to every feeling dear!
Still round that heart's most vital fibre twining,
If I relinquish ye, 'tis with a tear,
Sadly resign'd, and tenderly repining.
"Home" by Sydney Owenson
The dark designs all I relinquish here,
And all the evil dreams. Ah, done am I
Above all with the narrowed lips, the sneer,
The heartless wit that laughed where one should sigh.
"Since Shade Relents" by Paul Verlaine
Loved of thy brilliant mates,
Relinquished to the fates,
Whose spirit music used to chime with thine,
Transfigured in our sight,
Not quenched in death's dark night,
They hold thee in companionship divine.
"Tribute To Oliver Wendell Holmes" by Julia Ward Howe

In news:

Much has been written about Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of Facebook (FB), who chose to relinquish his US citizenship in order to avoid US taxation on his huge post-IPO gain.
A) choose to relinquish their citizenship/green card.
Indiana alternative school is relinquishing its charter status.
Lane Kiffin has voluntarily relinquished his voting status in the USA Today college football coaches' poll.
I am relinquishing the space for My View this week to Dwight Kehoe who wrote this excellent piece about the Republican Party.
This week's announcement that Gerald Levin would relinquish the helm of AOL Time Warner next May surprised Wall Street and left many observers wondering what his departure signifies for the media giant.
Cello was relinquished by his owners because they could not spend enough time with him.
The Bears' point guard has no intentions of relinquishing his title.
Town Council Chairwoman Joanne King confirmed this week that she will relinquish her leadership position in January.
Whenever he gets the word, Humphries — who has started 16 straight games — will relinquish his spot without complaint.
Murray has chaired the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, but will relinquish the post when she takes over Budget.
Do you think schools Superintendent Nancy Kline will relinquish the school board attorney's office key by Friday evening.
He didn't give up another one until he allowed a solo homer in the 7th, but by then the Tigers had a lead and wouldn't relinquish it.
Fort Hood commander to relinquish command in advance of potential placement of Ft.
So early that the night remains steadfast in the sky, not ready to relinquish its reign.

In science:

Because of the usual relativistic constraints, interaction potentials that depend on space-like separated points must be relinquished in favor of covariant forces acting along null lines.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Relinquishment of quantization abolishes the need for a classical theory.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
This is obviously the “survival” probability that the first leader, whose size is initially k = 2, never relinquishes the lead.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
In particular, we are forced to relinquish our picture of the fn as being intertwiners between Vir-Verma modules, that is that the action of each fm takes us from one Vir-Verma module to another whilst the action of a subsequent fn brings us back again.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
When triggered by an exit message from the user, it begins relinquishing its resources: we then say that the process is in its exit region E .
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The (cid:12)rst statement states that, within time , every process in its exit region relinquishes its resources.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The process needs to take (cid:12)rst two steps to relinquish its two resources, and then one step to send a rem message to the user. (cid:0)! RT [ C .
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
From Lemma A. within time  every process that begins in EF or ES relinquishes its resources.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
We also assume that after a Wick rotation back to the Lorentzian, we can still add on the correction terms in the same way where the meaning of T becomes physical temperature, relinquishing its connection with imaginary time.
Finite temperature corrections and embedded strings in noncommutative geometry and the standard model with neutrino mixing
The VFNS then provides an mechanism to resum such logarithms, without relinquishing control over the region Q ≃ m.
Summary of the Structure Function Working Group at DIS'99
In control-flow composition control is held by a single component at every point in time; the composition of components amounts to deciding how control is passed between components, by setting which component receives control when another component relinquishes it.
Synthesis from Recursive-Components Libraries
Intuitively, a recursive component receives control when entering its initial state and relinquishes control when entering an exit state.
Synthesis from Recursive-Components Libraries
In the first example, we first define two expressions: cat writes the string "cat" five times, relinquishing control every time the operation is performed.
Tracing monadic computations and representing effects
It is only this contribution which counts as work performed on the gas: the sum of all the energy changes due to collisions with the thermostatted wall is the heat absorbed or relinquished by the gas.
Equilibrium Free Energies from Nonequilibrium Processes