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It is a verb
Meaning: To formally resign, renounce or relinquish the highest post or position of authority. This term is used only when the person is resigning on his/her own wish. It is also refers to, disowning a family member like disinheriting of a son.

Words with similar meaning: renounce, give up, abandon, surrender, relinquish, waive, forgo, abnegate

Other verb forms:
Present Tense: I/You/We/They abdicate , he/she/it abdicates
-ing form : abdicating
Past Simple and Past participle: abdicated

Sample Usage

King Edward abdicated his throne in 1986.

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