- 1 abandon somebody to leave someone, especially someone you are responsible for, with no intention of returning The baby had been abandoned by its mother. People often simply abandon their pets when they go on vacation.
- 2to 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.
- 3to stop supporting or helping someone; 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.
- 4 abandon something to stop doing something, especially before it is finished; to stop having something They abandoned the game because of rain. She abandoned hope of any reconciliation. We had to abandon any further attempt at negotiation.
- 5abandon yourself to something (literary) to feel an emotion so strongly that you can feel nothing else He abandoned himself to despair.
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NAmE//əˈbændən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abandon
he / she / it abandons
past simple abandoned
-ing form abandoning