Definition Of abdicate


(of a monarch) renounce one's throne.

in 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor

Example Of abdicate

  • Bradford licensing justices said that he had abdicated his duties as licensee to his brother Michael and his partner Claire.

  • But the bottom line as far as she is concerned is that builders and developers have been abdicating any responsibility in this area.

  • Edward VIII abdicated after a reign of 325 days, in favour of his brother, the Duke of York, who became King George VI.

  • Following this the proud king abdicated his throne to his son Anandapala and committed suicide by climbing onto his own funeral pyre.

  • Governments around the world are abdicating their responsibilities to protect the natural resources in their territory, giving authority away to the private companies involved in resource exploitation.

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