- The definition of abandon is totally free and unhindered expression.
Kissing someone unexpectedly is an example of acting with abandon.
- Abandon is defined as to leave something behind.
An example of abandon is leaving a baby on a stranger’s doorstep.
An abandoned toy.
abandon definition by Webster's New World
- to give up (something) completely or forever: to abandon all hope
- to leave, as in danger or out of necessity; forsake; desert
- to yield (oneself) completely, as to a feeling, desire, etc.
Origin: Middle English abandonen ; from Old French abandoner ; from mettre a bandon, to put under (someone else's) ban, relinquish: see ban
- abandonment noun
abandon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb a·ban·doned, a·ban·don·ing, a·ban·dons
- To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.
- To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.
- To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
- To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
- Unbounded enthusiasm; exuberance.
- A complete surrender of inhibitions.
Origin: Middle English abandounen, from Old French abandoner, from a bandon : a, at (from Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon, control; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- a·banˈdon·er noun
- a·banˈdon·ment noun
abandon - Investment & Finance Definition
abandon - Legal Definition
- To intentionally give up for all time an assertion or a claim of an interest in property or in a right or privilege.
- To repudiate, withdraw from, or otherwise disassociate oneself from a duty or responsibility.
- To intentionally fail to complete.