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From Old French renoncier (French renoncer), from Latin renuntiare.



renounce (plural renounces)

  1. (card games) An act of renouncing.

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renounce (third-person singular simple present renounces, present participle renouncing, simple past and past participle renounced)

  1. (transitive) To give up, resign, surrender, atsake.
    to renounce a title to land or to a throne
  2. (transitive) To cast off, repudiate.
    • Shakespeare
      This world I do renounce, and in your sights / Shake patiently my great affliction off.
  3. (transitive) To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
  4. (transitive) To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
  5. (intransitive) To make a renunciation of something.
    • Dryden
      He of my sons who fails to make it good, / By one rebellious act renounces to my blood.
  6. (intransitive) To surrender formally some right or trust.
    • W. D. Christie
      Dryden died without a will, and his widow having renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
  7. (intransitive, card games) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.


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