What is the meaning of abandon?


  • The trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry.
    • usage: "she danced with abandon"
  • A feeling of extreme emotional intensity.
    • usage: "the wildness of his anger"


  • Forsake, leave behind.
    • usage: "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
  • Give up with the intent of never claiming again.
    • usage: "Abandon your life to God"; "She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti"; "We gave the drowning victim up for dead"
  • Leave behind empty; move out of.
    • usage: "You must vacate your office by tonight"
  • Stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims.
    • usage: "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
  • Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.
    • usage: "The mother deserted her children"
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