|Origin:||, past participle of abdicare, from ab- 'away, off' + dicare 'to say publicly'|
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ab‧di‧cate [intransitive and transitive]
to give up the position of being king or queen:
King Alfonso XIII abdicated in favour of his eldest son.
The king was forced to abdicate the throne.
to refuse to be responsible for something, when you should be or were before:
The government has largely abdicated its responsibility in dealing with housing needs.
—abdication noun [uncountable and countable]