- forsaken or deserted: an abandoned building; an abandoned kitten.
- unrestrained or uncontrolled; uninhibited: She danced with abandoned enthusiasm.
- utterly lacking in moral restraints; shameless; wicked: an abandoned and dissolute ruler.
Origin of abandoned
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- to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: to abandon one's farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.
- to give up; discontinue; withdraw from: to abandon a research project; to abandon hopes for a stage career.
- to give up the control of: to abandon a city to an enemy army.
- to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control: to abandon oneself to grief.
- Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.
- Insurance. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss.
- Obsolete. to banish.
Origin of abandon1
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Examples from the Web for abandoned
But because they are not forgotten, they cannot completely be abandoned.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
He asks why non-believers like himself are abandoned by the world.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
The abandoned barracks of the Liberian Army lay just beyond in the tropical thicket.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies.
But most of the abandoned houses, with sagging roofs and drafty walls, are just there.
Why should she care for the decrees of a God who had abandoned her!Within the Law
At length the horses and the greater part of the escort had to be abandoned.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Almost always these abandoned children are the offspring of vice.The Dream
You are right, I have abandoned worldly ambitions—most of them.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Heyward abandoned every hope, with the belief it was the signal that they were discovered.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- desertedan abandoned windmill
- forsakenan abandoned child
- unrestrained; uninhibitedwild, abandoned dancing
- depraved; profligate
- to forsake completely; desert; leave behindto abandon a baby; drivers had to abandon their cars
- abandon ship the order given to the crew of a ship that is about to sink to take to the lifeboats
- to give up completelyto abandon a habit; to abandon hope
- to yield control of or concern in; relinquishto abandon office
- to give up (something begun) before completionto abandon a job; the game was abandoned
- to surrender (oneself) to emotion without restraint
- to give (insured property that has suffered partial loss or damage) to the insurers in order that a claim for a total loss may be made
- freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon
Word Origin and History for abandoned
"self-devoted" to some purpose (usually evil), late 14c., past participle adjective from abandon (v.).
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.