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
Recent Examples on the Web Both abandoned and underland spaces suggest isolation, and that is a real aspect of those spaces in these books. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2021 In 2019, half of the top 10 methane emitters were smaller companies that bought up abandoned wells, Reuters reported. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 18 Aug. 2021 Here, empty or abandoned houses serve as temporary homes to people who fled their own homes in the Middle East, Africa or Asia with the aim of starting a new life somewhere else. Jovana Gec, ajc, 31 July 2021 West Virginia regulators know that the coal companies do not have the money to clean up abandoned mine sites. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 16 May 2021 In any case, they’re tasked with heading to Onderon to finish the Bad Batch’s abandoned objective: eliminating Saw Gerrera’s small band of rebels. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 High in the hills of central Sicily, about an hour from the southern coast, Mussomeli is one of several towns in Sicily regenerating its historic center by selling off abandoned houses to foreigners for the price of a coffee. Julia Buckley, CNN, 13 May 2021 For years, the tiny village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, on the edge of the Val d'Orcia, lay semi-abandoned. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 Willie Stokes of Detroit was an active man who dedicated his spare time to helping to maintain abandoned houses and vacant lots on his street. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of abandoned was in the 15th century

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1 Sep 2021

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“Abandoned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abandoned. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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