Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


tr.v. a·ban·doned, a·ban·don·ing, a·ban·dons
1. To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.
2. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.
3. To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely: abandon a belief. See Synonyms at relinquish.
4. To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
5. To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
Great enthusiasm or lack of restraint: skied with abandon.

[Middle English abandounen, from Old French abandoner, from a bandon, at one's own discretion, without restraint : a, at (from Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon, control; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

a·ban′don·er n.
a·ban′don·ment n.


a person or thing that abandons
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Porque ninguno de los que poseen poder quieren abandoner el guion que les permite ejercerlo con impunidad.
Music Break Thru Music presents Battle for Summer Meltdown with special guests Abandoner, Reflecting Darkness, Runamuk, Witch House, Attraction To Tragedy, Watching Kids Take Selfies, 6 p.
On one level, therefore, this fantasy of being the abandoner rather than the abandoned may seem a form of denial.
The 'You're Mine' hitmaker had also told Ryan Seacrest during a radio spot, that the abandoner, Cannon, is going to be somewhere else and she will be alone with her babies, as they are her Valentines.
Having abandoned the customary self and its perspective on the world, the abandoner opens herself or himself to new ways of seeing the world and "consults every omen in nature with tremulous interest.
is beauty, loneliness, death, the muse, the idea of the good, a sexual shadow, a whore, the grandmother of the dead, the lecherous slit of the Ohio, an abandoner of her child, a 'savage woman with two heads.
It is clearly preferable to inhabit Cell 1, because only in Cell 1 does complete and secure ownership vest in the taker, (14) Problematically, the law of abandonment--the governing law of Cell 1--relies not on the signals transmitted to the abandonee but on the intent of the abandoner.
He who is abandoned is an abandoner," she said (Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Hachette Digital).
se puede intentar comprender otro horizonte de precompension pero no se puede pretender abandoner el propio.
Taking affirmative steps to direct the property towards another individual undercuts the claim that the putative abandoner had the requisite unconditional intention to abandon rather than the more conditional intention to convey the object only to a particular person or class of people.
8) For an in-depth analysis of Baudelaire's "translation" of De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater, see Michele Stauble-Lipman Wulf's critical edition (Charles Baudelaire: Un mangeur d'opium) in which she summarizes Baudelaire's translation as an adaptation: "Lorsque [Baudelaire] s'attaque aux Confessions, il est pousse par les circonstances a abandoner la traduction: il adapte un texte, l'analyse, traduit ce qui lui plait et ajoute ses propres reflexions" (92).
Unlike randon and randonner, which remain restricted to the Gallo-Romania, abandon and abandoner are found further afield, e.