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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.

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   /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
The council denied that their decision represented any abdication of responsibility.
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