[ uh-ban-duhnd ]
/ əˈbæn dənd /

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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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at abandon1, -ed2

SYNONYMS FOR abandoned

1 discarded, rejected.
3 See immoral.

Related forms

a·ban·doned·ly, adverbhalf-a·ban·doned, adjectiveun·a·ban·doned, adjective

Definition for abandoned (2 of 2)


[ uh-ban-duhn ]
/ əˈbæn dən /

verb (used with object)

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for abandoned (1 of 2)


/ (əˈbændənd) /


desertedan abandoned windmill
forsakenan abandoned child
unrestrained; uninhibitedwild, abandoned dancing
depraved; profligate

British Dictionary definitions for abandoned (2 of 2)


/ (əˈbændən) /

verb (tr)


freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon

Derived Forms

abandonment, 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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