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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-ban-duh n]
    • /əˈbæn dən/
    • /əˈbændən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-ban-duh n]
    • /əˈbæn dən/

Definitions of abandon word

  • verb abandon If you abandon a place, thing, or person, you leave the place, thing, or person permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so. 3
  • verb abandon If you abandon an activity or piece of work, you stop doing it before it is finished. 3
  • verb abandon If you abandon an idea or way of thinking, you stop having that idea or thinking in that way. 3
  • verb abandon If you abandon yourself to an emotion, you think about it a lot and feel it strongly, especially when other people might think you are wrong to do so. 3
  • uncountable noun abandon If you say that someone does something with abandon, you mean that they behave in a wild, uncontrolled way and do not think or care about how they should behave. 3
  • verb abandon to forsake completely; desert; leave behind 3

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Origin of abandon

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Abandon


abandon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abandon

verb abandon

  • quit — to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
  • drop out — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.
  • pull out — to draw or haul toward oneself or itself, in a particular direction, or into a particular position: to pull a sled up a hill.
  • dump — to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly: Dump the topsoil here.
  • ditch — a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.

noun abandon

  • recklessness — utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless (usually followed by of): to be reckless of danger.
  • wildness — living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.
  • licence — license.
  • license — formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
  • intemperance — excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.

adjective abandon

  • desolate — A desolate place is empty of people and lacking in comfort.
  • empty — A container (esp. a bottle or glass) left empty of its contents.

Antonyms for abandon

verb abandon

  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • persevere — to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
  • cherish — If you cherish something such as a hope or a pleasant memory, you keep it in your mind for a long period of time.
  • assert — If someone asserts a fact or belief, they state it firmly.
  • uphold — to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.

noun abandon

  • restraint — a restraining action or influence: freedom from restraint.
  • self-restraint — restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.

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