verb (used with object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

  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.

verb (used without object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

  1. Cards.
    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.


  1. Cards. an act or instance of renouncing.


  1. (tr) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcementto renounce a title
  2. (tr) to repudiateto renounce Christianity
  3. (tr) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarilyto renounce smoking
  4. (intr) cards to fail to follow suit because one has no cards of the suit led


  1. 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.

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