abandoned

adjective
aban·​doned | \ ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio) \

Definition of abandoned

1a : left without needed protection, care, or support an abandoned baby … she … began to live in what she referred to as the straitened circumstances of an abandoned woman.— Richard Russo
b : left by the owner an abandoned car : left to fall into a state of disuse an abandoned field abandoned property an abandoned factory
c : no longer held or thought of : given up abandoned hopes/dreams
2 : wholly free from restraint The lower the beer dropped in the kegs, the more abandoned and frenzied the dancers became.— Don Asher … unless you can convince them that you are as abandoned a profligate as themselves.— George Bernard Shaw

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Examples of abandoned in a Sentence

He led a reckless and abandoned life and died young. she consciously avoided walking past the abandoned house, with its broken windows and sagging porch

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The abandoned merger talks between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and France’s Renault SA renew questions about how both car companies will fare in a rapidly-transforming industry that favors manufacturers with deep pockets and technical expertise. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler, Renault Weakened After Failed Merger Talks," 6 June 2019 Spotting an abandoned bulldozer, Cota asked for a volunteer to drive it. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 Residents here are seeing more abandoned houses and fewer young people. ... Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It Seems to Be Our Fate’: Guatemalan Villages Suffer From Northern Exodus," 21 Apr. 2019 Barquin’s body was found in a pond on the course near the ninth hole after fellow golfers noticed her abandoned bag and called police. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city," 19 Sep. 2018 Barquin's body was found in a pond on the course near the ninth hole after fellow golfers noticed her abandoned bag and called police. Fox News, "Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city," 19 Sep. 2018 Thomason, a former newspaper reporter and illustrator, drew striking scenes of his comrades and the enemy, often with just pen or pencil, sometimes on paper scrounged from abandoned German bunkers. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "The Battle of Belleau Wood was brutal, deadly and forgotten. But it forged a new Marine Corps.," 31 May 2018 The police must have found the abandoned station wagon and traced it; someone must have called. Lisa Zeidner, chicagotribune.com, "New stories from Lauren Groff, who wrote President Obama's favorite novel in 2015," 4 June 2018 Standing outside an abandoned house at 24th Terrace and Garfield Avenue, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver credited his personal success to his father's decision to work three jobs and buy a house. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "New program will give up to 300 KC area families help with down payment on home," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of abandoned

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

History and Etymology for abandoned

Middle English, from past participle of abandounen "to abandon entry 1"

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abandoned

adjective
aban·​doned | \ ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio) \

Kids Definition of abandoned

: given up : left empty or unused abandoned houses

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