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Definitions of abandon

  1. To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; - often in a bad sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To give up entirely; as, the sailors were forced to abandon the sinking ship; to desert or forsake; to give up all claim to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To give up: to desert: to yield (one's self) without restraint. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To forsake; to renounce. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To forsake or renounce utterly; give up wholly; quit; leave; resign. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas, claims, etc.; "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give in these negociations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Abandonment; relinquishment. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To desert; to give up. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To give up; to desert; to forsake entirely. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. the trait of lacking restraint or control; freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; "the wildness of his anger" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas, claims, etc.; "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give up some calims in these negociations" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for abandon

  1. These two last she had been ready to abandon wholly, and had in part escaped from them, as the enemies of her happiness. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  2. Must he or must he not abandon Simeon and the trunk? – The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories by Arnold Bennett
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