Definitions

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

  • adv. Freely; entirely.
  • v. To surrender to the insurer the insured item, so as to claim a total loss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Abandonment; relinquishment.
  • n. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The one point they will never abandon is there will be no unlimited right of return.

    Matthew Yglesias » Israel’s Irrealism on Settlements

  • I have many in my own extended family who would be said to have long abandoned the practice of their Faith, though sadly what they often abandon is not the Faith in its integrity, but the caricature that was passed on to them.

    Is Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., right or wrong...

  • I would like to know what Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner have been smoking or drinking to make a statement like this "Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," For eight years the Republican spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon took a surplus into massive deficit themselfs.

    Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

  • Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is no way to create more jobs, yet that is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long,

    Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

  • "Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is no way to create more jobs, yet that is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement.

    Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

  • First, pursue a dirt cheap Soyuz type system; second, abandon manned spaceflight and rely on buying seats on launchers of other countries; or just plain abandon manned spaceflight.

    Would You Bring Back NGLT-or SLI? - NASA Watch

  • A merged Microsoft/Yahoo with the commitment to do search right that MS has started to demonstrate and that Google has started to abandon is going to eat their lunch in the same way that MS did it to Lotus, Novell, WordPerfect, etc … better products, better marketing, and more focus on the long term.

    Bribe a Moderator and Get on Digg

  • This killer instinct that our neo had that caused her to fight to the death with abandon is what scared the hell out of us.

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  • Yet the abandon is still there, if you know where to find it.

    Striking a Pose

  • “The abandon is still there,” she writes, “if you know where to find it.”

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  • Artie fears that Jim will do this to him someday.

    October 29, 2012

  • "a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition or conventionality: to dance with reckless abandon." – Random House

    Wow. This word, this definition—I totally got goosebumps reading it.

    June 21, 2009

  • The act of not exercising or selling an option before its expiration.

    April 19, 2009

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    December 30, 2008


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    November 24, 2008

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    November 12, 2008

  • "Bubbles and I just got engaged", said Michael with abandon.

    October 31, 2008