abandon

[[t]əbæ̱ndən[/t]]
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abandons, abandoning, abandoned
1) VERB 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.

[V n] He claimed that his parents had abandoned him...

[V-ed] The road is strewn with abandoned vehicles.

Ant:
stay with
2) VERB If you abandon an activity or piece of work, you stop doing it before it is finished.

[V n] The authorities have abandoned any attempt to distribute food in an orderly fashion...

[V n] The scheme's investors, fearful of bankruptcy, decided to abandon the project.

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3) VERB If you abandon an idea or way of thinking, you stop having that idea or thinking in that way.

[V n] Logic had prevailed and he had abandoned the idea.

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4) VERB 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.

[V pron-refl to n] We are scared to abandon ourselves to our feelings in case we seem weak or out of control.

5) N-UNCOUNT: usu with N 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.

He has splashed dollars around with gay abandon...

Their permissiveness toward their children reflects the wild abandon of their own lives.

6) See also abandoned
7) PHRASE: V inflects If people abandon ship, they get off a ship because it is sinking.

The officers and crew prepared to abandon ship in an orderly fashion.


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  • abandon — [ abɑ̃dɔ̃ ] n. m. • XIIe; de l a. fr. (mettre) à bandon « au pouvoir de », d o. germ. 1 ♦ Action de renoncer (à une chose), de laisser (qqch.). Politique d abandon. ⇒ abdication, concession. Abandon des hostilités. ⇒ arrêt, capitulation,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abandon — ABANDON. s. m. État où est une personne, une chose abandonnée. Il est dans un abandon général. Il est dans l abandon de Dieu, dans l abandon de tous ses amis.Abandon, se dit aussi en parlant Des discours, des ouvrages, des manières, etc. d Une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • abandon — aban·don vt 1: to give up with the intent of never again asserting or claiming an interest in (a right or property) 2: to disassociate oneself from or forsake in spite of a duty or responsibility to abandon one s child 3: to renounce one s… …   Law dictionary

  • abandon — ABANDÓN, abandonuri, s.n. 1. Părăsire împotriva regulilor morale şi a obligaţiilor materiale a copiilor, familiei etc. 2. Părăsire a unui bun sau renunţare la un drept. 3. Renunţare la continuarea participării într o probă sportivă. – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Abandon — Студийный альбом Deep Purple …   Википедия

  • Abandon — A*ban don ([.a]*b[a^]n d[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abandoned} ( d[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abandoning}.] [OF. abandoner, F. abandonner; a (L. ad) + bandon permission, authority, LL. bandum, bannum, public proclamation, interdiction, bannire to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abandon — [ə ban′dən] vt. [ME abandonen < OFr abandoner < mettre a bandon, to put under (someone else s) ban, relinquish: see BAN1] 1. to give up (something) completely or forever [to abandon all hope] 2. to leave, as in danger or out of necessity;… …   English World dictionary

  • abandon — vb 1 Abandon, desert, forsake mean to quit absolutely. Abandon implies surrender of control or possession often with the implication that the thing abandoned is left to the mercy of someone or something else {the ghost of grandeur that lingers… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abandon — Abandon. substantif masculin verbal. Estat où est une personne ou une chose delaissée. Il n est guere en usage qu en cette maniere de parler adverbiale. A l abandon. laisser à l abandon. tout est à l abandon …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Abandon — A*ban don, n. [F. abandon. fr. abandonner. See {Abandon}, v.] Abandonment; relinquishment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abandon — Álbum de Deep Purple Publicación 2 de junio de 1998 Grabación 1997 1998 Género(s) Hard rock Duración 57:07 …   Wikipedia Español

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