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Definitions of abandon

  1. forsake, leave behind; " We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
  2. the trait of lacking restraint or control; freedom from inhibition or worry; " she danced with abandon"
  3. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; " the wildness of his anger"
  4. 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"
  5. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; " The mother deserted her children"
  6. leave behind empty; move out of; " You must vacate your office by tonight"
  7. 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"
  8. 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"
  9. To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
  10. 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.
  11. Abandonment; relinquishment.
  12. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
  13. Reflexively: To give ( one's self) up without attempt at self- control; to yield ( one's self) unrestrainedly; - often in a bad sense.
  14. 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.
  15. To give up entirely; as, the sailors were forced to abandon the sinking ship; to desert or forsake; to give up all claim to.
  16. Freedom of manner; dash; careless ease.
  17. To give up: to desert: to yield ( one's self) without restraint.
  18. To forsake; to renounce.
  19. To forsake or renounce utterly; give up wholly; quit; leave; resign.
  20. To desert; to give up.
  21. Unrestrained impulsiveness, frankness or enthusiasm of manner.
  22. To give up; to desert; to forsake entirely.
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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. She felt it would be cruel to abandon the two men who remained chained to the column. – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  3. We had already been compelled to abandon one of them in a dying state since we had started in the morning. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2) by George Grey
  4. I appeal to what is best in you; do not abandon that woman." – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  5. I shall see nothing that I have been accustomed to see, and must abandon all the ways of life that I have hitherto adopted. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  6. Evidently there was but one thing to be done- abandon it and walk. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  7. But still she did not abandon the thoughts of her own escape. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  8. Do not begin one idea, abandon it for a second, and then return to the first. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  9. As soon as he saw me enter his cabinet he ran to me, and eagerly asked me if I meant to abandon him. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  10. They will abandon us at the very moment when we need them most. – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  11. We will abandon the subject." – A Maker of History by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. Paulett obeyed, and when he was gone, the Queen seemed to abandon the command over herself she had preserved all this time. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. Although he had failed for the moment, he did not abandon the idea. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  14. But I do not think we should abandon ourselves entirely to pleasure. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  15. Then in he goes to the house without a word, and now my worst fear was that he had thought better of his offer and would abandon it. – A Set of Rogues by Frank Barrett
  16. He could not abandon David. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  17. 5. What caused these nations to abandon the Covenant? – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  18. She should not leave the stage, nor should you abandon your career. – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2 by Rupert Hughes
  19. 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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