Abandon a belief.
Kissing someone unexpectedly is an example of acting with abandon.
To abandon all hope.
Abandon a friend in trouble.
Skied with abandon.
An example of abandon is leaving a baby on a stranger’s doorstep.
Abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
To shout in wild abandon.
Abandoned the ship.
That he might […] abandon them from him.
Origin of abandon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).
- From French, from Old French abandon, from abondonner.