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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: relinquir, from Latin relinquere 'to leave behind', from linquere 'to leave'

relinquish

verb
     
re‧lin‧quish [transitive]
formal to let someone else have your position, power, or rights, especially unwillingly [= give up]:
No one wants to relinquish power once they have it.
relinquish something to somebody
Stultz relinquished control to his subordinate.

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