from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give up (rights or a claim, for example); renounce.
- transitive v. To deny (something) to oneself: The minister abnegated the luxuries of life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deny and reject; to abjure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deny (anything) to one's self; renounce; give up or surrender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
- v. deny or renounce
- v. surrender (power or a position)
Latin abnegāre, abnegāt-, to refuse : ab-, away; see ab-1 + negāre, to deny; see ne in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)