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

Definitions of abandoning word

  • verb with object abandoning to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: to abandon one's farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship. 1
  • verb with object abandoning to give up; discontinue; withdraw from: to abandon a research project; to abandon hopes for a stage career. 1
  • verb with object abandoning to give up the control of: to abandon a city to an enemy army. 1
  • verb with object abandoning to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control: to abandon oneself to grief. 1
  • verb with object abandoning Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child. 1
  • verb with object abandoning Insurance. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss. 1

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Origin of abandoning

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 Abandoning


abandoning 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".

abandoning usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abandoning

noun abandoning

Antonyms for abandoning

noun abandoning

  • necktie party — a lynching or other execution by hanging.
  • strangulation — Pathology, Surgery. to compress or constrict (a duct, intestine, vessel, etc.) so as to prevent circulation or suppress function.
  • lethal injection — dose of deadly chemical into a vein
  • gassing — an affecting, overcoming, or poisoning with gas or fumes.
  • decapitation — to cut off the head of; behead: Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution.

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