Definition - Transitive Verb
1  : to give up with the intent of never again asserting or claiming an interest in (a right or property)
2  : to disassociate oneself from or forsake in spite of a duty or responsibility to <~ one's child>
3  : to renounce one's obligations and rights under <~ a contract>
4  : to fail purposely to bring to completion or fruition <~ a crime> <~ a lawsuit>

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