v. ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing, ab·di·cates
To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
To relinquish formally a high office or responsibility.
[Latin abdicāre, abdicāt-, to disclaim : ab-, away; see AB-1 + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
abdi·ca·ble (-kə-bəl) adj.
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