aban·​doned ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio)
: 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
: left by the owner
an abandoned car
: left to fall into a state of disuse
an abandoned field
abandoned property
an abandoned factory
: no longer held or thought of : given up
abandoned hopes/dreams
: 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

Example Sentences

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 Many in the district feel abandoned or just want him out. Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2022 The new Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant is for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2022 At his abandoned campsites, officials found corn, manioc, papaya and bananas, according to Survival International, a human rights group. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 Across the country, waste from abandoned and bankrupt coal and metal mines has contaminated more than 12,000 miles of waterways. Austyn Gaffney, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 One year later, a group of college kids, who enter a reality TV show, stay the night at Michael’s abandoned house – Michael pays them a visit later that night. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Instead, taxpayers are left paying to clean up abandoned wells and all of the contamination left behind. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 29 Jan. 2021 Ukrainian volunteer troops took over abandoned houses and dug trenches in backyards. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 An abandoned ski patrol hut still stands at the top, complete with an original trail map hanging on the wall, but beware of another holdover. Heather Balogh Rochfort, Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2018 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Abandoned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abandoned. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



aban·​doned ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio)
: that has been deserted : left empty or unused
an abandoned house
: completely free from restraint
abandoned laughter

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