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Verb: abandon  u'ban-dun
  1. Forsake, leave behind
    "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
  2. Give up with the intent of never claiming again
    "Abandon your life to God";
    - give up
  3. Leave behind empty; move out of
    "You must abandon your office by tonight";
    - vacate, empty
  4. Stop maintaining or insisting on ideas or claims
    "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage";
    - give up
  5. Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    "The mother abandoned her children";
    - forsake [literary], desolate, desert
Noun: abandon  u'ban-dun
  1. The trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    "she danced with abandon";
    - wantonness, unconstraint
  2. A feeling of extreme emotional intensity
    - wildness

Derived forms: abandoned, abandons, abandoning

Type of: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, go away, go forth, leave, off [informal], passion, passionateness, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out, unrestraint

Encyclopedia: Abandon