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English definition of “abdicate”

abdicate

verb [I/T]    /ˈæb·dɪˌkeɪt/ fml
to give up a position as king , or to fail to take responsibility for something: [T] Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in 1936. The administration has abdicated its leadership on this critical issue . abdication    /ˌæb·dɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/ noun [C/U] [U] I think it’s an abdication of your responsibility if you don’t vote .
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