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.