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abdicate

ab·di·cate

abdicate

 
pronunciation:
aeb d keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: abdicates, abdicating, abdicated
definition: to officially give up a position of power or a right.
The dying king abdicated so that his son could become king.
similar words:
resign
derivations: abdication (n.), abdicator (n.)
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The word abdicate contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).