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Meaning of ABANDON

Pronunciation:  u'bandun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of lacking restraint or control; freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon"
  2. [n]  a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; "the wildness of his anger"
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
  5. [v]  leave behind empty; move out of; "You must vacate your office by tonight"
  6. [v]  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"
  7. [v]  forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"

ABANDON is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: desert, desolate, empty, forsake, give up, give up, unconstraint, vacate, wantonness, wildness
 See Also: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck, chuck out, consign, discard, dispense with, dispose, ditch, ditch, expose, fling, foreswear, forfeit, forgo, go away, go forth, leave, leave, maroon, passion, passionateness, put away, quit, relinquish, renounce, strand, throw away, throw out, throw overboard, toss, toss away, toss out, unrestraint, waive, walk out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*ban"don\ ([.a]*b[a^]n"d[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Abandoned} (-d[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abandoning}.] [OF.
    abandoner, F. abandonner; a (L. ad) + bandon permission,
    authority, LL. bandum, bannum, public proclamation,
    interdiction, bannire to proclaim, summon: of Germanic
    origin; cf. Goth. bandwjan to show by signs, to designate
    OHG. ban proclamation. The word meant to proclaim, put under
    a ban, put under control; hence, as in OE., to compel,
    subject, or to leave in the control of another, and hence, to
    give up. See {Ban}.]
    1. To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
             That he might . . . abandon them from him. --Udall.
             Being all this time abandoned from your bed. --Shak.
    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.
             Hope was overthrown, yet could not be abandoned.
                                                   --I. Taylor.
    3. Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at
       self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; --
       often in a bad sense.
             He abandoned himself . . . to his favorite vice.
    4. (Mar. Law) 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.
    Syn: To give up; yield; forego; cede; surrender; resign;
         abdicate; quit; relinquish; renounce; desert; forsake;
         leave; retire; withdraw from.
    Usage: {To Abandon}, {Desert}, {Forsake}. These words agree
           in representing a person as giving up or leaving some
           object, but differ as to the mode of doing it. The
           distinctive sense of abandon is that of giving up a
           thing absolutely and finally; as, to abandon one's
           friends, places, opinions, good or evil habits, a
           hopeless enterprise, a shipwrecked vessel. Abandon is
           more widely applicable than forsake or desert. The
           Latin original of desert appears to have been
           originally applied to the case of deserters from
           military service. Hence, the verb, when used of
           persons in the active voice, has usually or always a
           bad sense, implying some breach of fidelity, honor,
           etc., the leaving of something which the person should
           rightfully stand by and support; as, to desert one's
           colors, to desert one's post, to desert one's
           principles or duty. When used in the passive, the
           sense is not necessarily bad; as, the fields were
           deserted, a deserted village, deserted halls. Forsake
           implies the breaking off of previous habit,
           association, personal connection, or that the thing
           left had been familiar or frequented; as, to forsake
           old friends, to forsake the paths of rectitude, the
           blood forsook his cheeks. It may be used either in a
           good or in a bad sense.
  2. \A*ban"don\, n. [F. abandon. fr. abandonner. See
    {Abandon}, v.]
    Abandonment; relinquishment. [Obs.]
  3. \A`ban`don"\ ([.a]`b[aum]N`d[^o]N"), n. [F. See
    A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from
    artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
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