[ uh-ban-duhn ]
/ əˈbæn dən /

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. abalienate,
  2. abalienation,
  3. abalone,
  4. abamp,
  5. abampere,
  6. abandon hope, all ye who enter here,
  7. abandoned,
  8. abandonee,
  9. abandonment,
  10. abandonware

Origin of abandon

1325–75; Middle English abando(u)nen < Middle French abandoner for Old French (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction, equivalent to a at, to (< Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon < Germanic *band; see bond1

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See desert2. 2. Abandon, relinquish, renounce mean to give up all concern in something. Abandon means to give up or discontinue any further interest in something because of discouragement, weariness, distaste, or the like: to abandon one's efforts. Relinquish implies being or feeling compelled to give up something one would prefer to keep: to relinquish a long-cherished desire. Renounce implies making (and perhaps formally stating) a voluntary decision to give something up: to renounce worldly pleasures.


[ uh-ban-duhn ]
/ əˈbæn dən /


a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition or conventionality: to dance with reckless abandon.

Origin of abandon

1815–25; < French, noun derivative of abandonner to abandon1

à l'abandon

[ a la-bahn-dawn ]
/ a la bɑ̃ˈdɔ̃ /

adverb French.

carelessly; recklessly.

Origin of à l'abandon

literally, with abandon

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/ (əˈbændən) /

verb (tr)


freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon
Derived Formsabandonment, noun

Word Origin for abandon

C14: abandounen (vb), from Old French, from a bandon under one's control, in one's power, from a at, to + bandon control, power

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