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Meaning & Definition of Abandon in English

English

Abandon

/əbændən/

noun

1. The trait of lacking restraint or control

  • Reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
  • "She danced with abandon"
    synonym:
  • abandon
  • ,
  • wantonness
  • ,
  • unconstraint

2. A feeling of extreme emotional intensity

  • "The wildness of his anger"
    synonym:
  • wildness
  • ,
  • abandon

verb

1. Forsake, leave behind

  • "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
    synonym:
  • abandon

2. Give up with the intent of never claiming again

  • "Abandon your life to god"
  • "She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to tahiti"
  • "We gave the drowning victim up for dead"
    synonym:
  • abandon
  • ,
  • give up

3. Leave behind empty

  • Move out of
  • "You must vacate your office by tonight"
    synonym:
  • vacate
  • ,
  • empty
  • ,
  • abandon

4. Stop maintaining or insisting on

  • Of ideas or claims
  • "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"
  • "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
    synonym:
  • abandon
  • ,
  • give up

5. Leave someone who needs or counts on you

  • Leave in the lurch
  • "The mother deserted her children"
    synonym:
  • abandon
  • ,
  • forsake
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • desert

Examples of using

I think it's time for me to abandon that plan.
I think it's time for me to abandon that idea.
Shortly after coming back to France, he decided to abandon his career as an economist in order to dedicate himself to his true passion: writing, in Spain.