- 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.
- 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 of abandonMiddle English abandonen ; from Old French abandoner ; from mettre a bandon, to put under (someone else's) ban, relinquish: see ban
transitive verba·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: abandon a belief. 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.
Origin of abandonMiddle English abandounen, from Old French abandoner, from a bandon, at one's own discretion, without restraint : a, at (from Latin ad; see ad–) + bandon, control; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abandons, present participle abandoning, simple past and past participle abandoned)
- To give up control of, to surrender or to give oneself over, or to yield to one's emotions. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- To desist in doing, practicing, following, holding, or adhering to; to turn away from; to permit to lapse; to renounce; to discontinue. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- To leave behind; to desert as in a ship or a position, typically in response to overwhelming odds or impending dangers; to forsake, in spite of a duty or responsibility. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
- Many baby girls have been abandoned on the streets of Beijing.
- that he might […] abandon them from him
- To no longer exercise a right, title, or interest, especially with no interest of reclaiming it again; to yield; to relinquish. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- To surrender to the insurer the insured item, so as to claim a total loss.
- From Middle English abandounen, from Old French abandoner, formed from a (“at, to”) + bandon (“jurisdiction, control”), from Late Latin bannum (“proclamation”), bannus, bandum, from Frankish *ban, *bann, from Proto-Germanic *bannaną (“to proclaim, command”) (compare English ban), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂-, *bʰa- (“to speak”).
- Displaced Middle English forleten ("to abandon"; from Old English forlǣtan, anforlǣtan; see forlet) and Middle English forleven ("to leave behind, abandon"; from Old English forlǣfan; see forleave).
(comparative more abandon, superlative most abandon)
- (obsolete, not comparable) Freely; entirely.
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.