ABDICATE, RENOUNCE, RESIGN

synonyms ABDICATE, RENOUNCE, RESIGN mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it.

ABDICATE implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent <abdicated the throne>.

RENOUNCE may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end <renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner>.

RESIGN applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust <resigned from the board>.

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