to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: The crew finally abandoned the sinking ship and boarded a lifeboat.He abandoned his wife and children, leaving them in poverty.
to give up; withdraw from; discontinue: She had to abandon the research project when the grant money dried up.I’ve abandoned all hope of a stage career.
to give up the control of: After a long struggle, they abandoned the city to the invading army.
to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control: After the breakup, he fell apart and abandoned himself 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.
a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition: During this retreat you will learn to play and dance with reckless abandon.
- a·ban·don·a·ble, adjective
- a·ban·don·er, noun
- a·ban·don·ment, noun
- un·a·ban·don·ing, adjective
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How to use abandon in a sentence
As we equip more and more merchants with our point-of-sale financing option, we continue to see data that points to larger orders, fewer abandoned carts and improved customer acquisition.LA-based Credit Key raises $33 million for its business-to-business payments platform | Jonathan Shieber | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
A good example is the automated and personalized abandonment messages that BreadBrand sends to customers that abandoned their carts.Email marketing in 2020: Four key things that made the difference | Toby Nwazor | November 19, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
GPS tracking can also help cities monitor where scooters are being parked or abandoned, and ultimately control where they’re being used.E-scooters are getting computer vision to curb pedestrian collisions | Dalvin Brown | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
“Memorial,” by Bryan WashingtonA relationship is tested when a man leaves the country to care for his dying father, abandoning his visiting mother with his boyfriend.
The city already abandoned plans to resume in-person teaching this month because it didn’t have sufficient staffing.Once again, a deal between D.C. and the teachers union collapses | Perry Stein | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Secondly, as GBCE reports, it puts the kids themselves at a higher risk of dropping out of school, or abandoning it all together.
She grew up believing her biological mother had died after abandoning her as a baby.How One Young Woman Escaped Childhood Abuse and a Forced Marriage | Moral Courage | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the United States becomes more and more disjointed, an increasing number of Americans favors abandoning the Union altogether.
Should Courage give up her war profiteering and settle down to run an honest pub—even if it means abandoning her mute girl?
But madame, woman-like, returned to the matter whose abandoning she had herself suggested.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But, without abandoning painting, he allowed himself to be diverted by other arts.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
"That thing he played sounded familiar to me, too," Grace admitted, now entirely abandoning her magazine and sitting up.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
At the close of the last century there existed a religious sect who were in favour of abandoning the use of clothing.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
His royal highness, however, did not intimate his intention of abandoning the Orange institutions.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for abandon
to forsake completely; desert; leave behind: to 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 completely: to abandon a habit; to abandon hope
to yield control of or concern in; relinquish: to abandon office
to give up (something begun) before completion: to 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 worry: she danced with abandon
- abandonment, noun
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