verb (used with object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.
- to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.
- to give up by formal declaration: to renounce a claim.
- to repudiate; disown: to renounce one’s son.
verb (used without object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.
- to play a card of a different suit from that led.
- to abandon or give up a suit led.
- to fail to follow the suit led.
- Cards. an act or instance of renouncing.
- (tr) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcementto renounce a title
- (tr) to repudiateto renounce Christianity
- (tr) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarilyto renounce smoking
- (intr) cards to fail to follow suit because one has no cards of the suit led
- rare a failure to follow suit in a card game
v.late 14c., from Old French renoncier “give up, cede” (12c., Modern French renoncer), from Latin renuntiare “bring back word; proclaim; protest against, renounce,” from re- “against” (see re-) + nuntiare “to report, announce,” from nuntius “messenger” (see nuncio). Related: Renounced; renouncing.