• WordNet 3.6
    • n relinquishing the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
    • n relinquishing a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.
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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.”


In literature:

On the next morning he was early with Sir Thomas, persuading him to relinquish altogether the use of his study for that day.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
These colonists relinquished their rights as Roman citizens and became Latins; hence the name LATIN COLONIES.
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
The custom of relinquishing one's seat, for instance, is not as marked as it was a decade ago.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
He has eschewed the turf, relinquished Belcher neckcloths and Newmarket coats-dropped his old-bachelor acquaintances.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But if you are going back to Paris I relinquish the Bois and offer myself as your companion.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Rather than relinquish her, however, he would have set Rome on fire.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Near Marie was Pierre, still leaning on the arm of Father Massias, who had not relinquished his hold.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
The term of your imprisonment ceases when you relinquish the hope of Beatriz.
"Calderon The Courtier A Tale" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They received him with great demonstrations of respect, but without relinquishing the prosecution of their enterprise.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
But I have had to relinquish that project.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
He arrogantly demanded tickets from passengers supposedly both to relinquish these.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
Parliament, indeed might relinquish the trade.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
She relinquished the book and calmly sat down as he entered.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
The first act of the new reign was the formal relinquishment of the new provinces beyond the Euphrates.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Charles left no son, and had, long before his death, relinquished all hopes of male issue.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
She did not relinquish the work but continued to assist her successor, Mrs. W. H. Thorp.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Ah, they must relinquish her now; her guardian is asking for her.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
You never will relinquish it, you always will possess it, and at last it will be yours.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
As I relinquished my hold of her bum I heard something fall with a chink.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The shores they have relinquished shrink to an infinite remoteness.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith

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
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
The moon relinquished sharp-edge cliffs at sea line,
And with transparent gold: the waters shine;
On board of their pointed boat, this evening
The friends enjoy their heated glass of wine.
"Moon Over The Sea" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
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
And with savage yells they made the valley ring,
Then made a long circuit, and stole in behind the King,
Whirling their broadswords and Lochaber axes left and right;
And the enemy being thrice their number, they relinquished the fight
"Adventures of King Robert the Bruce" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The economy has taken its toll on pets who've been relinquished because their owners can't afford to keep them.
Battered, bruised, but far from beaten, Merrett Stierheim in June will relinquish his position as the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard should relinquish seat on canvassing board.
File photo Former state Sen Nancy Cassis , R-Novi, is now trying to win Thad McCotter's Congressional seat, which he relinquished too late for others to get on the ballot.
After 12 years as the executive director of the Blue Earth Area Mentors (BEAM), Mary Lucas has decided to relinquish the positio.
The Raiders relinquished a 16-12 halftime lead and fell behind 24-22 after three quarters of play.
J'Von Butler returned a dropped lateral seven yards to put the Tigers on top early and into a lead they would never relinquish.
A performance of If Ever (an Ocean) Relinquished, by DanceWorks Chicago.
At a meeting with European foreign ministers today in Qatar, Libyan rebels complained that the international military campaign has slowed since the US relinquished its leading role.
Jerry Jones says ' no way ' he relinquishes GM duties.
Gaddafi vows to 'die as a martyr ,' refuses to relinquish power.
Earl of Tinsdal took the lead at the start and never relinquished it, drawing off for a 3 1/2-length victory in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) at San Siro June 10.
It is well settled that a state cannot condition public employment upon a total relinquishment of constitutional rights, such as freedom of expression.
Tech on Wednesday named former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury its new head coach, only four days after Tuberville relinquished the job.
But Newman 's lead would be relinquished after 10 laps and he would slowly drift back in the field.

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