(~s, abdicating, ~d)
If a king or queen ~s, he or she gives up being king or queen.
The last French king was Louis Philippe, who ~d in 1848.
VERB: V, also V n
...the most serious royal crisis since the abdication of Edward VIII.
N-UNCOUNT: usu with poss
If you say that someone has ~d responsibility for something, you disapprove of them because they have refused to accept responsibility for it any longer. (FORMAL)
Many parents simply ~ all responsibility for their children.
VERB: V n disapproval
There had been a complete abdication of responsibility.
N-UNCOUNT: N of n