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Definition of 'abandon'


  1. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon"
       Synonyms: wantonness unconstraint
  2. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; "the wildness of his anger"
       Synonyms: wildness


  1. forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: give up
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: give up
  4. leave behind empty; move out of; "You must vacate your office by tonight"
       Synonyms: vacate empty
  5. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
       Synonyms: forsake desolate desert

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