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 Russob : left by the owner an abandoned car : left to fall into a state of disuse an abandoned field abandoned property an abandoned factoryc : 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
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 of abandoned from the Web
Last week, a Muslim group sued the city of Bayonne, claiming its proposal to convert an abandoned warehouse into a mosque and community center was unfairly voted down amid a climate of hostility and religious intolerance.
Smith and her neighbors remember the brighter times when Brunswick anchored the west side community, where there are fewer abandoned homes than other places in the city.
Her words about the abandoned structure echo in my head —
Professor Yi Cui and his team resurrection an old but abandoned method for charging the batteries: Silicon anodes.
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Origin and Etymology of abandoned
Middle English, from past participle of abandounen “to 1abandon”
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of abandoned for Students
: given up : left empty or unused abandoned houses
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