Abandon definition

ə-băndən
To give up (something) completely or forever.

To abandon all hope.

verb
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To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely.

Abandon a belief.

verb
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Great enthusiasm or lack of restraint.

Skied with abandon.

noun
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To leave, as in danger or out of necessity; forsake; desert.
verb
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Abandon is defined as to leave something behind.

An example of abandon is leaving a baby on a stranger’s doorstep.

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(obsolete, not comparable) Freely; entirely.
adverb
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To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
verb
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The definition of abandon is totally free and unhindered expression.

Kissing someone unexpectedly is an example of acting with abandon.

noun
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To repudiate, withdraw from, or otherwise disassociate oneself from a duty or responsibility.
verb
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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)]
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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)]
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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.

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To surrender to the insurer the insured item, so as to claim a total loss.
verb
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A yielding to natural impulses or inhibitions; freedom from artificial constraint, with loss of appreciation of consequences. [Early 19th century.]
noun
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To intentionally give up for all time an assertion or a claim of an interest in property or in a right or privilege.
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To intentionally fail to complete.
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Udall.

That he might […] abandon them from him.

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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.]
verb
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To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert.

Abandon a friend in trouble.

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To cease trying to continue; desist from.

Abandoned the search for the missing hiker.

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To yield (oneself) completely, as to a feeling, desire, etc.
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Unrestrained freedom of action or emotion; surrender to one's impulses.

To shout in wild abandon.

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To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat.

Abandoned the ship.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abandon
Plural:
abandons

Origin of abandon

  • Middle English abandounen from Old French abandoner from a bandon at one's own discretion, without restraint a at (from Latin ad ad–) bandon control bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From French, from Old French abandon, from abondonner.

    From Wiktionary