Other forms: abandoned; abandoning; abandons

To abandon something is to give it up completely. If you’re in a cabin and a forest fire approaches, you’d better get in your car and abandon your cabin, or else be prepared to abandon your life.

If you abandon something, you let it go, so when you describe someone as "acting with abandon," it means they have let go of restrictions or inhibitions. Maybe you like to dance with abandon in the privacy of your own room. But abandon could also mean people have abandoned their senses. To "drive with abandon," for example, means to drive recklessly.

Definitions of abandon
  1. verb
    forsake; leave behind
    “We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot”
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    chuck, ditch
    throw away
    dispense with
    forgo or do or go without
    forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
    lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
    commit forever; commit irrevocably
    let slip
    type of:
    cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
    throw or cast away
  2. verb
    give up with the intent of never claiming again
    Abandon your life to God”
    synonyms: give up
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    foreswear, forsake, quit, relinquish, renounce
    turn away from; give up
    renounce a legal claim or title to
  3. verb
    leave behind empty; move out of
    synonyms: empty, vacate
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  4. verb
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    synonyms: desert, desolate, forsake
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    abandon by leaving out in the open air
    walk out
    leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
    maroon, strand
    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
    type of:
    go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
  5. verb
    stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    “He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage”
    synonyms: give up
    ease up, give, give way, move over, yield
    move in order to make room for someone for something
    break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way
    break down, literally or metaphorically
  6. noun
    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    “she danced with abandon
    synonyms: abandonment, unconstraint, wantonness
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    the quality of lacking restraint
  7. noun
    a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
    synonyms: wildness
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    passion, passionateness
    a strong feeling or emotion




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