Meaning of renounce

re•nounce

Pronunciation: (ri-nouns'), [key]
— v., n. -nounced, -nounc•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.
  2. to give up by formal declaration: to renounce a claim.
  3. to repudiate; disown: to renounce one's son.
—v.i.
    1. to play a card of a different suit from that led.
    2. to abandon or give up a suit led.
    3. to fail to follow the suit led.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of renouncing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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