- 1 to leave somebody, especially somebody you are responsible for, with no intention of returning abandon somebody The baby had been abandoned by its mother. People often simply abandon their pets when they go abroad. abandon somebody to something The study showed a deep fear among the elderly of being abandoned to the care of strangers.
- 2 to leave a thing or place, especially because it is impossible or dangerous to stay synonym leave abandon something Snow forced many drivers to abandon their vehicles. He gave the order to abandon ship (= to leave the ship because it was sinking). abandon something to somebody/something They had to abandon their lands to the invading forces.
- 3 abandon something to stop doing something, especially before it is finished; to stop having something They abandoned the match because of rain. She abandoned hope of any reconciliation. We had to abandon any further attempt at negotiation.
- 4to stop supporting or helping somebody; to stop believing in something abandon somebody The country abandoned its political leaders after the war. abandon something By 1930 he had abandoned his Marxist principles.
- 5abandon yourself to something (literary) to feel an emotion so strongly that you can feel nothing else He abandoned himself to despair. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French abandoner, from a- (from Latin ad
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BrE BrE//əˈbændən//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abandon
BrE BrE//əˈbændən//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændən//he / she / it abandons
BrE BrE//əˈbændənz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændənz//past simple abandoned
BrE BrE//əˈbændənd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændənd//past participle abandoned
BrE BrE//əˈbændənd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændənd//-ing form abandoning
BrE BrE//əˈbændənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændənɪŋ//