Definitions for abandonəˈbæn dən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•ban•donəˈbæn dən(v.t.)

  1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:

    to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.

  2. to give up; discontinue; withdraw from:

    to abandon a project; to abandon hope.

  3. to give up the control of:

    to abandon a city to an enemy army.

  4. to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation, as to emotions or natural impulses:

    to abandon oneself to grief.

  5. to relinquish (insured property) in case of partial loss, so that the insured can claim a total loss.

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  6. Obs. to banish.

Origin of abandon:

1325–75; ME abando(u)nen < MF abandoner for OF (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction =a at, to (< L ad; see ad -) +bandon < Gmc *band; see bond1


a•ban•donəˈbæn dən(n.)

  1. a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from constraint:

    to dance with reckless abandon.

Origin of abandon:

1815–25; < F

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abandon, wantonness, unconstraint(noun)

    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

    "she danced with abandon"

  2. wildness, abandon(verb)

    a feeling of extreme emotional intensity

    "the wildness of his anger"

  3. abandon(verb)

    forsake, leave behind

    "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"

  4. abandon, give up(verb)

    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"

  5. vacate, empty, abandon(verb)

    leave behind empty; move out of

    "You must vacate your office by tonight"

  6. abandon, give up(verb)

    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"

  7. abandon, forsake, desolate, desert(verb)

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    "The mother deserted her children"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. abandon(verb)əˈbæn dən

    to leave sb or sth

    She abandoned her family.; families abandoning their homes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abandon(verb)

    to cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject

  2. Abandon(verb)

    to give up absolutely; to forsake entirely ; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender

  3. Abandon(verb)

    reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; -- often in a bad sense

  4. Abandon(verb)

    to relinquish all claim to; -- used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against

  5. Abandon

    abandonment; relinquishment

  6. Abandon(noun)

    a complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease


  1. Abandon

    Abandon is the sixteenth studio album by Deep Purple released in the Spring of 1998. It was Deep Purple's second album with Steve Morse on guitar and the last one with founding member Jon Lord. The album was followed by a successful 1998/1999 world tour which brought Deep Purple to Australia for the first time in 15 years. In 1999 a live album and DVD Total Abandon: Australia '99 recorded in Melbourne on 20 April 1999 was released. The album title is actually a pun from Ian Gillan – "A Band On" – and the album was followed by the "A Band On Tour". Uniquely for a Deep Purple studio album, it features a reworking of a previously recorded song -"Bloodsucker" from Deep Purple in Rock. "Don't Make Me Happy" was mistakenly mastered in mono, and not amended on the final release. One of the two versions of the song released on single was, however, mastered in stereo.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'abandon' in Verbs Frequency: #440

Translations for abandon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to leave, not intending to return to

They abandoned the stolen car.

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