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Meaning & Definition of Renounce in English





1. Give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations

  • "The king abdicated when he married a divorcee"
  • abdicate,
  • renounce

2. Leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

  • "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"
  • "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
  • vacate,
  • resign,
  • renounce,
  • give up

3. Turn away from

  • Give up
  • "I am foreswearing women forever"
  • foreswear,
  • renounce,
  • quit,
  • relinquish

4. Cast off

  • "She renounced her husband"
  • "The parents repudiated their son"
  • disown,
  • renounce,
  • repudiate

Examples of using

Everybody knows the line “The boy was firm on the interrogation”, but nowadays many people don’t know the continuation: it is a verse about a boy that died, having refused to renounce the membership of Komsomol.