foreswear vs relinquish what difference

what is difference between foreswear and relinquish



foreswear (third-person singular simple present foreswears, present participle foreswearing, simple past foreswore, past participle foresworn)

  1. Alternative spelling of forswear



From Middle English relinquisshen, from the inflected stem relinquiss- of Middle French relinquir, from Latin relinquere, itself from re- + linquere (to leave).
Compare also Sanskrit रिणक्ति (riṇakti, to leave).


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ/


relinquish (third-person singular simple present relinquishes, present participle relinquishing, simple past and past participle relinquished)

  1. (transitive) To give up, abandon or retire from something. To trade away.
    to relinquish a title
    to relinquish property
    to relinquish rights
    to relinquish citizenship or nationality
  2. (transitive) To let go (free, away), physically release.
  3. (transitive) To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession.
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [1]
      But it was the most fleeting of false dawns. Dmitri Yachvilli slotted a penalty from distance after Flood failed to release his man on the deck, and France took a grip they would never relinquish.
  4. (transitive) To accept to give up, withdraw etc.
    The delegations saved the negotiations by relinquishing their incompatible claims to sole jurisdiction

Derived terms

  • relinquishment

Related terms

  • derelict
  • relic
  • relict
  • reliquiae


Further reading

  • relinquish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • relinquish in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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