from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.
- transitive v. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.
- transitive v. To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- transitive v. To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
- transitive v. To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
- n. Unbounded enthusiasm; exuberance.
- n. A complete surrender of inhibitions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To surrender to the insurer the insured item, so as to claim a total loss.
- adv. Freely; entirely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
- transitive v. To give up absolutely; to forsake entirely ; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender.
- transitive v. Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; -- often in a bad sense.
- transitive v. To relinquish all claim to; -- used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against.
- n. Abandonment; relinquishment.
- n. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To detach or withdraw one's self from; leave.
- To give up; cease to occupy one's self with; cease to use, follow, etc.: as, to abandon an enterprise; this custom was long ago abandoned.
- To resign, forego, or renounce; relinquish all concern in: as, to abandon the cares of empire.
- To relinquish the control of; yield up without restraint: as, he abandoned the city to the conqueror.
- To outlaw; banish; drive out or away.
- To reject or renounce.
- In com., to relinquish to the underwriters all claim to, as to ships or goods insured, as a preliminary toward recovering for a total loss. See abandonment.
- n. The act of giving up or relinquishing; abandonment.
- n. Abandonment to naturalness of action or manner; freedom from constraint or conventionality; dash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. forsake, leave behind
- v. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
- v. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
- n. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
- n. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
- v. give up with the intent of never claiming again
- v. leave behind empty; move out of
Middle English abandounen, from Old French abandoner, from a bandon : a, at (from Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon, control; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)