The word “abdicate” has 3 syllables: ab-di-cate.

It's pronounced as /ˈæbdɪkeɪt/.

What is synonym and antonym for abdicate?

In the thesaurus, “abdicate” has 6 synonyms and 4 antonyms.

Here are synonyms and antonyms for abdicate along with examples of usage in sentences.

Synonyms for abdicate

  • forgo
  • relinquish
  • renounce
  • resign
  • step down
  • vacate

Antonyms for abdicate

  • appropriate
  • assume
  • claim
  • keep

Meanings of abdicate

  • verb
    1. To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
    2. To formally separate oneself from or to divest oneself of.
    3. To depose.
    4. To reject; to cast off; to discard.
    5. To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; to fail to fulfill responsibility for.
    6. To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.

Example Sentences

  • The king was forced to abdicate the throne amidst political turmoil.
  • Faced with immense pressure, the CEO chose to abdicate leadership responsibilities.
  • In a surprising turn of events, the elected official decided to abdicate from office.
  • The monarch's decision to abdicate sparked debates about the future of the kingdom.
  • The aging ruler gracefully chose to abdicate in favor of the heir apparent.

On this page you'll find 10 synonyms, antonyms, or another words to abdicate, such as: appropriate, assume, claim, forgo, keep, relinquish, renounce.

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Related Words


  • abdicate
  • contradict
  • deny
  • relinquish
  • renounce
  • resign
  • retract
  • withdraw


  • abandoned
  • abdicated
  • contradicted
  • denied
  • relinquished
  • renounced
  • resigned
  • retracted
  • took back
  • withdrew



  • abandon
  • abdicate
  • discard
  • disposal
  • ditch
  • dump
  • dumping
  • junk
  • lose
  • removal
  • scrap
  • shed
  • unload


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