abdicate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “abdicate” in the English Dictionary

"abdicate" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/

abdicate verb (KING/QUEEN)

[I or T] If a ​king or ​queen abdicates, he or she makes a ​formalstatement that he or she no ​longerwants to be ​king or ​queen: King Edward VIII abdicated (the British ​throne) in 1936.

abdicate verb (NOT DO)

abdicate responsibility formal disapproving to ​stopcontrolling or ​managing something that you are in ​charge of: She abdicated all ​responsibility for the ​project.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/
The ​councildenied that ​theirdecisionrepresented any abdication ofresponsibility.
(Definition of abdicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abdicateverb [I/T]

 us   /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 ​itsleadership on this ​criticalissue.
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌæb·dɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/
[U] I ​think it’s an abdication of ​yourresponsibility if you don’t ​vote.
(Definition of abdicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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