- Verb. (transitive) To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to ''abdicate'' the throne, the crown, the papacy.
- Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To reject; to cast off.
- Verb. (transitive, legal) 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; to renounce sovereignty.