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1abandon

verb aban·don \ə-ˈban-dən\

: to leave and never return to (someone who needs protection or help)

: to leave and never return to (something)

: to leave (a place) because of danger

Full Definition of ABANDON

transitive verb
1
a :  to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent
b :  to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in <abandon property>
2
:  to withdraw from often in the face of danger or encroachment <abandon ship>
3
:  to withdraw protection, support, or help from <he abandoned his family>
4
:  to give (oneself) over unrestrainedly
5
a :  to cease from maintaining, practicing, or using <abandoned their native language>
b :  to cease intending or attempting to perform <abandoned the escape>
aban·don·er noun
aban·don·ment \-dən-mənt\ noun

Examples of ABANDON

  1. They abandoned the car on a back road.
  2. That house was abandoned years ago.
  3. The approaching fire forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes.
  4. The officer refused to abandon his post.
  5. The policy abandons the most vulnerable members of society.
  6. She abandoned the party not long after the election.

Origin of ABANDON

Middle English abandounen, from Anglo-French abanduner, from (mettre) a bandun to hand over, put in someone's control
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ABANDON

abandon, desert, forsake mean to leave without intending to return. abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection <abandoned children>. desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence <a deserted town>. forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers <a forsaken lover>.
synonyms see in addition relinquish

2abandon

noun

: a feeling or attitude of wild or complete freedom

Full Definition of ABANDON

:  a thorough yielding to natural impulses; especially :  enthusiasm, exuberance <with reckless abandon>

Examples of ABANDON

  1. <added spices to the stew with complete abandon>

First Known Use of ABANDON

1822
ABANDONMENT Defined for Kids

1abandon

verb aban·don \ə-ˈban-dən\
aban·donedaban·don·ing

Definition of ABANDON for Kids

1
:  to leave and never return to :  give up completely <They had to abandon the sinking ship.>
2
:  to stop having or doing <Never abandon hope.> <… Mr. Popper had abandoned his telephoning … — Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins>
aban·don·ment \-mənt\ noun

Synonym Discussion of ABANDON

abandon, desert, and forsake mean to give up completely. abandon is used when someone has no interest in what happens to the person or thing he or she has given up. <She abandoned the wrecked car on the side of the road.> desert is used when a person leaves something to which he or she has a duty or responsibility. <He deserted his family.> forsake is used when a person is leaving someone or something for which he or she once had affection. <Don't forsake old friends in times of trouble.>

2abandon

noun

Definition of ABANDON for Kids

:  a feeling of complete freedom <Grandpa drove with reckless abandon.>

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