• Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
    Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abandon stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage","Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
    • v abandon leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch "The mother deserted her children"
    • v abandon leave behind empty; move out of "You must vacate your office by tonight"
    • v abandon give up with the intent of never claiming again "Abandon your life to God","She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti","We gave the drowning victim up for dead"
    • v abandon forsake, leave behind "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
    • n abandon the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry "she danced with abandon"
    • n abandon a feeling of extreme emotional intensity "the wildness of his anger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Police estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the streets of New York City in 1852.
    • n Abandon ȧ`bäN`dôN" A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
    • n Abandon Abandonment; relinquishment.
    • Abandon Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; -- often in a bad sense. "He abandoned himself . . . to his favorite vice."
    • Abandon To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject. "That he might . . . abandon them from him.""Being all this time abandoned from your bed."
    • Abandon To give up absolutely; to forsake entirely ; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender. "Hope was overthrown, yet could not be abandoned ."
    • Abandon (Mar. Law) To relinquish all claim to; -- used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fifty years ago the B. F. Goodrich Company, the American corporation known for its automobile tires, thought it was really on to something. Its engineers came up with the prototype of an atomic golf ball. The ball, with a radioactive core, would be easy to locate with a Geiger counter if hit into the rough. But the company abandoned the invention as unworkable.
    • abandon To detach or withdraw one's self from; leave. To desert; forsake utterly: as, to abandon one's home; to abandon duty.
    • abandon To give up; cease to occupy one's self with; cease to use, follow, etc.: as, to abandon an enterprise; this custom was long ago abandoned.
    • abandon To resign, forego, or renounce; relinquish all concern in: as, to abandon the cares of empire.
    • abandon To relinquish the control of; yield up without restraint: as, he abandoned the city to the conqueror.
    • abandon To outlaw; banish; drive out or away.
    • abandon To reject or renounce.
    • abandon In com., to relinquish to the underwriters all claim to, as to ships or goods insured, as a preliminary toward recovering for a total loss. See abandonment.
    • n abandon The act of giving up or relinquishing; abandonment.
    • n abandon Abandonment to naturalness of action or manner; freedom from constraint or conventionality; dash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abandon a-ban′dun to give up: to desert: to yield (one's self) without restraint (with to)
    • n Abandon freedom from conventional restraints: careless freedom of manners
    • n Abandon freedom from conventional restraints: careless freedom of manners
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  • W. H. Auden
    “The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.”
  • Sir Peregrine Worsthorne
    Sir Peregrine Worsthorne
    “Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.”
  • Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner
    “From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been ;abandoned.”
  • Marshall Pugh
    Marshall Pugh
    “Dancing with abandon, turning a tango into a fertility rite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. abandoner, F. abandonner,; a,L. ad,) + bandon, permission, authority, LL. bandum, bannum, public proclamation, interdiction, bannire, to proclaim, summon: of Germanic origin; cf. Goth. bandwjan, to show by signs, to designate OHG. ban, proclamation. The word meant to proclaim, put under a ban, put under control; hence, as in OE., to compel, subject, or to leave in the control of another, and hence, to give up. See Ban
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bandon, from the Teut. root ban, proclamation, came to mean decree, authorisation, permission; hence à bandon—at will or discretion, abandonner, to give up to the will or disposal of some one. See Ban, Banns.


In literature:

Eventually, on December 24, Walcheren was abandoned, the works and naval basins of Flushing having been previously destroyed.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Later he abandoned her and eloped with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
And now, need any more be said to persuade mankind to abandon the use of ardent spirits?
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Don't abandon these women.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
When his normality abandoned him, he avoided a greater tragedy.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The morning light displayed an abandoned Russian camp.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The nobles declined to abandon the mode of separate verification which had been practised formerly.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
To abandon their arms was a thing not to be thought of.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
One might have supposed that the fright would have led to the abandonment of the barrow.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The old negro has abandoned his legendary rites, and has sought and found favor with God through Jesus Christ.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various

In poetry:

Now in joyous wonder
Cannot cease to weep;
Now again abandoned
To unending sleep.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
so they abandoned me.
At first the solitude
charmed me like a prelude,
but so much music wounded me.
"Music" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Rama will never abide
in the egotistic man's heart
therefore his slave, Suradasa,
has abandoned pride.
"The Lord Is His Devotees' Slave" by Sant Surdas
The sons of good old Jacob seemed
Abandoned to their foes;
But his almighty arm redeemed
The nation that he chose.
"Psalm 77 part 2" by Isaac Watts
But she does not come; abandoned,
Vainly I endure and sigh
Prostrate, as the water lilies
On the blue lake ever lie.
"The Lake" by Mihai Eminescu
You ungrateful,
Yes, because you have abandoned,
Have forgotten God's assistance,
So effectual and so ample.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Three german shepards were abandoned at the Pueblo Motorsports Park last Monday.
Dog found abandoned, emaciated tied to Lewiston cemetery tree.
Maggie and Ulysses were among horses found abandoned in Riverside County and brought to Orange County to recover.
In March, the militants easily seized the small agricultural town of Jaar and surrounding areas, as government troops abandoned their posts.
An Artist of Selective Abandon.
The day after the Warsaw Pact was abandoned, NATO should have been disbanded.
World number one Rory McIlroy's World Golf Final showdown with 14-times major winner Tiger Woods was put on hold after play was abandoned due to storms on Wednesday.
Assemblyman Dan Logue of Marysville has abandoned his bid to replace former Sen Doug LaMalfa in the 4th Senate District.
Some experts say eradicating polio is impossible and should be abandoned.
Esprit to Abandon North America After 98% Profit Fall.
The Republic of Ireland is abandoning religion faster than almost every other country worldwide, a massive global survey on faith reveals.
Exchange Rate Continues With Reckless Abandon.
Modify, rather than abandon, holiday traditions to celebrate the season with loved ones.
But activists, including many from the East Bay, weren't able to save 45,000 hens at an abandoned cage farm.
When Liza's mother gives birth to a faerie baby with "hair clear as glass," her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die.

In science:

If they do the local approach must be abandoned.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
In fact, the RR approach abandons the traditional Markov chain entirely.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
In this GA series of gas-dynamical models we abandon the hypothesis of universal pre-heating and assume that all heating results from normal star formation inside the group or cluster.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
The Copenhagen version of quantum theory is thus a hybrid of the old familiar classical theory, which physicists were understandably reluctant to abandon completely, and a totally new theory based on radically different concepts.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
In these attempts, the admissible Lagrangians were limited by the assumption that the field equations has the Schwarzschild solution. Møller abandoning this assumption and look for a wider class of Lagrangians by constructing a new field theory.
Vacuum Non Singular Black Hole Solutions in Tetrad Theory of Gravitation