Abandon - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈbændən|  American pronunciation of the word abandon
Brit.  |əˈbænd(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word abandon


- the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
she danced with abandon
- a feeling of extreme emotional intensity (syn: wildness)


- forsake, leave behind
We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot
- give up with the intent of never claiming again (syn: give up)
- leave behind empty; move out of (syn: empty, vacate)
- stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims (syn: give up)
He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage
- leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch (syn: desert, desolate, forsake)

Extra examples

They abandoned the car on a back road.

That house was abandoned years ago.

The approaching fire forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes.

The officer refused to abandon his post.

The policy abandons the most vulnerable members of society.

She abandoned the party not long after the election.

...added spices to the stew with complete abandon...

The captain gave the order to abandon ship.

He abandoned his post without authorization.

Motorists were forced to abandon their cars and walk home.

They were obliged to abandon the town to the enemy.

As a child, Angela was abandoned by her mother.

I don't think he's going to abandon his friend in trouble.

They abandoned their native language.

They abandoned the escape.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: abandon
he/she/it: abandons
present participle: abandoning
past tense: abandoned
past participle: abandoned
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