Meaning of abandon


Pronunciation: (u-ban'dun), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: to abandon one's farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.
  2. to give up; discontinue; withdraw from: to abandon a research project; to abandon hopes for a stage career.
  3. to give up the control of: to abandon a city to an enemy army.
  4. to yield (oneself&hasp;) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself&hasp;) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control: to abandon oneself to grief.
  5. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.
  6. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss.
  7. to banish.


Pronunciation: (u-ban'dun), [key]
— n.
  1. a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition or conventionality: to dance with reckless abandon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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