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The Definition of - Abandon (verb)

    verb (used with object)
    1.
    to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:
    to abandon one's farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.
    2.
    to give up; discontinue; withdraw from:
    to abandon a research project; to abandon hopes for a stage career.
    3.
    to give up the control of:
    to abandon a city to an enemy army.
    4.
    to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control:
    to abandon oneself to grief.
    5.
    Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.
    6.
    Insurance. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss.
    7.
    Obsolete. to banish.

Word Example of - Abandon

    Example Sentences for abandon

    If I were a man, I should like to abandon a false scent as soon as possible.'

    So many have happened that the brigands must abandon it henceforth.

    Unless we help them they must abandon their homes, their all.

    The property will remain hers, while her husband must abandon his property when he comes to her.

    Will Phelps advanced as if he was about to open the door, but a silent gesture from Hawley caused him to abandon the project.

    We abandon to Germany everything that we have a claim to west of this line.

    At Derby women and children joined with the men in refusing to abandon the union and were locked out by their employers.

    Hence the Americans were naturally unwilling to abandon it to the enemy.

    An examination of this period has led recent historians to abandon the term "Dark Ages."

    "In that case I will not abandon my friends," said the doctor, affectionately.

Word Origin & History of - Abandon

    Word Origin & History

    abandon late 14c., "to subjugate, subdue," from O.Fr. abandoner "surrender," from à "at, to" + bandon "power, jurisdiction," in phrase mettre à bandon "to give up to a public ban," from L. bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.). Etymologically, the word carries a sense of "put someone under someone else's control." Meaning "to give up absolutely" is from late 14c. Related: Abandoned; abandoning. The noun sense of "letting loose, surrender to natural impulses" (1822) is from Fr. abandon.