Meaning of “abdicate” in the English Dictionary

"abdicate" in British English

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uk /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/ us /ˈæb.də.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.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌæb.dəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “abdicate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abdicate" in American English

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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 its leadership on this critical issue.
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌæb·dɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

[ U ] I think it’s an abdication of your responsibility if you don’t vote.

(Definition of “abdicate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)