One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he relinquished control of the company to his sons’
renounce, give up, part with, give away
hand over, turn over, lay down, let go of, waive, resign, abdicate, yield, cede, surrender, sign away
2‘he offered to relinquish his post as acting President’
leave, resign from, stand down from, bow out of, walk out of, retire from, give up, depart from, vacate, pull out of, abandon, abdicate
informal quit, chuck, jack in
3‘he relinquished his pipe-smoking’
discontinue, stop, cease, give up, drop, desist from
avoid, steer clear of, give a wide berth to
reject, eschew, forswear, refrain from, abstain from, forbear from, forgo
informal quit, leave off, kick
4‘she relinquished her grip on the door’
let go, release, loose, unloose, loosen, relax
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