- 1Give up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking): he had clearly abandoned all pretense of trying to succeedMore example sentences
renounce, relinquish, dispense with, disclaim, forgo, disown, disavow, discard, wash one's hands of; give up, withdraw, drop, jettison, do away withgive up, stop, cease, drop, forgo, desist from, dispense with, have done with, abstain from, discontinue, break off, refrain from, set aside
- Church of England bishops were formerly also bewigged, but abandoned the practice around 1840.
- He abandoned his course of study at 21 when he was commissioned to write a history of Australian painting.
- However, the company doesn't want to abandon the practice, and hopes new technology will improve the return on investment.
- 1.1Discontinue (a scheduled event) before completion: against the background of perceived threats, the tour was abandonedMore example sentences
- Last year's event was abandoned after just two days when heavy rain and traffic chaos conspired to make it a wash-out.
- They had been forced to abandon the event ‘due to circumstances beyond our control’.
- The men's event was abandoned while he was enjoying a comfortable lead.
- 2Cease to support or look after (someone); desert: her natural mother had abandoned her at an early ageMore example sentences
- He was accusing ME of trying to desert him, abandoning him.
- Several actors who had supported his candidacy abandoned him.
- For all I knew, he abandoned you in the desert and had come back, with you having no idea where he was going.
- 2.1Leave (a place or vehicle) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return: derelict houses were abandonedMore example sentences
- The place was empty, the freshmen abandoned their rooms for the promise of ice cream.
- After months of madness in the house, they decided to abandon the place and move back to Philadelphia.
- And surely, I should feel equally sorry for myself - and for all those others like me who have abandoned such places.
- 2.2 (abandon someone/something to) Condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them: it was an attempt to persuade businesses not to abandon the area to inner-city deprivationMore example sentences
- Angry survivors told how the captain fled his ship by lifeboat and abandoned passengers to their fate.
- But, unfortunately, some parents seem to be oblivious to this perception and abandon such children to their fate.
- Under cover of darkness, a group of 30 men slipped away, abandoning their comrades to their fate.
- 3 (abandon oneself to) Allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse): abandoning herself to moony fantasiesMore example sentences
- When you abandon yourself to pleasure and desire keep an eye on inner and outer balance, as you tend to overindulge.
- Every year the city abandons itself to the heady allure of the world's largest arts festival.
- There are moments in the column when he understands what a hopeless task he has taken on and abandons himself to the full intoxication of giddy absurdity.
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- Complete lack of inhibition or restraint: she sings and sways with total abandonMore example sentences
- I drove recklessly and with total abandon as I sped as fast as I could through the suburban streets of Redmond.
- Later, he looked up into her eyes, and saw an odd concentration there, a lack of abandon.
- The results could be quite elegant, but sometimes lacked the feeling of abandon and adventure present in the music's greatest improvised solos.
- Leave a ship because it is sinking.More example sentences
- The resultant fire forced the ship's company to abandon ship.
- The men had no radio, lifejackets or lifebelts, and had been unable to abandon ship or attract attention to their plight.
- Submarines were supposed to surface and give crews time to abandon ship before sinking their vessels.
- Hurriedly leave an organization or enterprise: he would rather abandon ship now than resign in shame in two yearsMore example sentences
- Media bosses, by contrast, seem not to be able to abandon ship quickly enough.
- Many Britons are choosing to abandon ship in search of sunnier climates.
- Our captains of democracy abandoned ship a long time ago.
late Middle English: from Old French abandoner, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + bandon 'control', based on late Latin bannus, bannum (see ban1). The original sense was 'bring under control', later 'give in to the control of, surrender to' (sense 3).