abandoned

adjective aban·doned \ ə-ˈban-dənd \

Definition of abandoned

1 a : 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

Examples of abandoned in a Sentence

  1. He led a reckless and abandoned life and died young.

  2. she consciously avoided walking past the abandoned house, with its broken windows and sagging porch

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Origin and Etymology of abandoned

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

ABANDONED Defined for Kids

abandoned

adjective aban·doned \ ə-ˈban-dənd \

Definition of abandoned for Students

: given up : left empty or unused
  • abandoned houses


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