- v give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
The King abdicated when he married a divorcee
- He came to power after his father was forced to abdicate the throne by the Allied powers, who hoped to develop greater influence in the region through his son.
- Should the charges against Bernhard be proved true, his wife may be forced to abdicate as Queen - rocking the Dutch nation, where the monarchy is extremely popular.
- Accepting responsibility for the war, he offered to abdicate or do whatever else was necessary.
- John McCain in International Herald Tribune
Americans across this country are hurting and today's jobs numbers are just the latest indication,McCain said. "Washington can no longer abdicate its responsibility to act. Our focus must be clear: enact policies to create jobs today."
- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Interactive Investor
Take away VAT and you and I abdicate our responsibility as leaders and pull the rug from our present and future progress,Arroyo said. "Take away VAT and we strip our people of the means to ride out the world food and energy crisis."
- Bernie Banton in Sydney Morning Herald
They tried to abdicate their duties,Mr Banton said of his former employer. "I can never forgive them for what they did, it is disgraceful."