verb (used with object)
- abandon hope, all ye who enter here,
Origin of abandon1
Origin of abandon2
Origin of à l'abandon
Examples from the Web for abandon
Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one, of course, was “repressing” Klaus or preventing him from “expressing his views,” something he does with abandon.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The show started filming in Israel over the summer, but was forced to abandon the location as political tensions escalated.
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
The pocket in the hills in which they lay was surely a safe and comfortable place, and one need be in no hurry to abandon it.The Great Sioux Trail|Joseph Altsheler
But he kept on as he began, and by a common impulse the boys made up their minds to abandon the whole affair to him.A Boy's Town|W. D. Howells
His story was, that he persuaded the Indians to abandon the British; that in the end we would ruin them, &c.
It is to the first-born, whether a boy or a girl, that the inheritance is transmitted, and he or she is forbidden to abandon it.The Truth About Woman|C. Gasquoine Hartley
The words fire, energy, abandon, found in him unprecedented meanings.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
Word Origin for abandon
late 14c., "to give up, surrender (oneself or something), give over utterly; to yield (oneself) utterly (to religion, fornication, etc.)," from Old French abandoner (12c.), from adverbial phrase à bandon "at will, at discretion," from à "at, to" (see ad-) + bandon "power, jurisdiction," from Latin bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.).
Mettre sa forest à bandon was a feudal law phrase in the 13th cent. = mettre sa forêt à permission, i.e. to open it freely to any one for pasture or to cut wood in; hence the later sense of giving up one's rights for a time, letting go, leaving, abandoning. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]
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.
"a letting loose, surrender to natural impulses," 1822, from a sense in French abandon (see abandon (v.). Borrowed earlier (c.1400) from French in a sense "(someone's) control;" and cf. Middle English adverbial phrase at abandon, i.e. "recklessly," attested from late 14c.