Definition of abandon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbændən//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbændən//
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  • [uncountable] (formal) an uncontrolled way of behaving that shows that somebody does not care what other people think He signed cheques with careless abandon.
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French abandoner, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + bandon ‘control’ (related to ban). The original sense was ‘bring under control’, later ‘give in to the control of, surrender to’ (sense (5)).Idioms without thinking about the results or effects of a particular action
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