abdicate Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "abdicate" - English Dictionary

See all translations

abdicateverb

uk   us   /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/

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.

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.
abdication
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/
The council denied that their decision represented any abdication of responsibility.
(Definition of abdicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of abdicate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “abdicate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
dole

the money that the government gives to people who are unemployed

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More