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abdicate

verb [I or T] (KING/QUEEN)    /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/
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 abdication     /ˌæb.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] The council denied that their decision represented any abdication of responsibility.Stop having or doing somethingRetiring and resigning from work
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