renounce; give up (especially royal status)
The king decided to abdicate the throne so that he could marry a divorced woman, which a king could not legally do.
ab (away)#dicare (to proclaim) (Latin)
ab+dicate dicate sounds like dictator. Dictator is an authoritarian ruler who has lot of power. To remember better, ab normal is opposite to normal. So, abdicate is opposite to dictator (ie)losing power. ab-di-ca-de ab (root ab means away as in abandon) + dic (dictatorship) + ate (to eat and hence reduce): means to give away (or reduce) dictatorship and hence to give-up power. "Ab nai dictate" means now u hav to giv up. Lord Ram abdicated his kingdom for Bharath