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abdicate

verb uk   /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/ us  

abdicate verb (KING/QUEEN)

[I or T] If a king or queen abdicates, he or she makes a formal statement that he or she no longer wants to be king or queen: King Edward VIII abdicated (the British throne) in 1936.Retiring and resigning from workStop having or doing something

abdicate verb (NOT DO)

abdicate responsibility formal disapproving to stop controlling or managing something that you are in charge of: She abdicated all responsibility for the project.Stop having or doing something
abdication
noun [U] uk   /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
The council denied that their decision represented any abdication of responsibility.Stop having or doing somethingRetiring and resigning from work
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