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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.
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  1. Abandoned as a used Kleenex —Anon
  2. Abandoned, like the waves we leave behind us —Donald G. Mitchell
  3. Cast off friends, as a stripper her clothes —Anon
  4. Cast off his friends, as a huntsman his pack —Oliver Goldsmith
  5. (My youth has been) cast aside like a useless cigar stump —Anton Chekhov
  6. Chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse —Edith Wharton
  7. Deserted as a playwright after the first night of an unsuccessful play —W. Somerset Maugham
  8. Deserted as a cemetery —Anon
  9. Desolate … as the dark side of the moon —Pat Conroy
  10. Discard like a withered leaf, since it has served its day —John Gould Fletcher
  11. (What have we come to when people … could be) discarded … like an old beer can —May Sarton
  12. Discarded … like used bandages —Louis MacNeice
  13. Discard like a bad dream —Anon
  14. Divest himself of his profoundest convictions and his beliefs as though they were a pair of old shoes whose soles had come loose and were flapping in the rain —Irving Stone
  15. Feeling quite lost … like a fly that has had its head taken off —Luigi Pirandello
  16. Felt stranded, as if some solid security has left him, as if he had, recklessly and ruthlessly, tossed away the compass which for years had kept him straight and true —Carolyn Slaughter
  17. Leaving me alone like a shag on a rock —John Malcolm
  18. Left like balloons with the air let out —Gloria Norris
  19. Left high and dry like a shipwreck in a drained reservoir —Thomas McGuane
  20. Neglected as the moon by day —Jonathan Swift
  21. People had fallen away like veils —Susan Richards Shreve
  22. Put off [as religious faith] quite simply, like a cloak that he no longer needed —W. Somerset Maugham
  23. Shed [adult reality for past] like a snake sheds an old and worn skin —Guy Vanderhaeghe

    Vanderhaeghe used the snake comparison to describe someone shedding the reality of the present for the past.

  24. Stood like a forgotten broom in the corner —Eudora Welty
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abandonment - the act of giving something upabandonment - the act of giving something up  
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
exposure - abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
apostasy, tergiversation - the act of abandoning a party for cause
bolt - a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
2.abandonment - withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibilityabandonment - withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"
abscondment, decampment - the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
absence without leave, unauthorized absence - unauthorized military absence
deviationism - ideological defection from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
3.abandonment - the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it awayabandonment - the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
disposition, disposal - the act or means of getting rid of something
throwing away, discard - getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
discard - (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
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1. desertion, leaving, forsaking, jilting memories of her father's complete abandonment of her
2. evacuation, leaving, quitting, departure, withdrawal the abandonment of two North Sea oilfields
3. stopping, cessation, discontinuation Rain forced the abandonment of the next day's competitions.
4. renunciation, giving up, surrender, waiver, abdication, cession, relinquishment their abandonment of the policy
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1. The act of forsaking:
2. A giving up of a possession, claim, or right:
3. A complete surrender of inhibitions:
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[əˈbændənmənt] N
1. (= state) → abandono m; (= act) → acto m de desamparar, el abandonar
2. (moral) = abandon B
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[əˈbændənmənt] n
[person, place] → abandon m
[work, activity] → abandon m
[idea, policy, strategy] → renonciation f
abandonment of sth → renonciation à qch
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(= forsaking, desertion)Verlassen nt
(= giving-up)Aufgabe f
(= abandon)Hingabe f, → Selbstvergessenheit f, → Hemmungslosigkeit f (pej)
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[əˈbændənmənt] nabbandono
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(əˈbӕndən) verb
1. to leave, not intending to return to. They abandoned the stolen car.
2. to give (oneself) completely to. He abandoned himself to despair.
aˈbandoned adjective
1. shameless. an abandoned young woman.
2. having been left without any intention of returning to or reclaiming. The police found the abandoned car.
aˈbandonment noun
Lack of money led to the abandonment of this plan.
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To the south of where the road between Leesville and Hardy, in the State of Missouri, crosses the east fork of May Creek stands an abandoned house. Nobody has lived in it since the summer of 1879, and it is fast going to pieces.
When I had gotten within a mile or so of my home I was so completely tired out that I could not walk any farther, and I went into an old, abandoned house to spend the remainder of the night.
Santiago said that around two hours before the suspect's arrest, a couple heard the cries of a baby from an abandoned house near their pig fence and brought her to the Gingoog City Police Station.
"There is an abandoned house in my constituency that has been left this way for 30 years and the neighbourhood residents are scared for their children's safety at night," said area councillor Abdullah Al Qubaisi.
Set against the backdrop of the 1968 presidential election (cue political as well as genre references) in the town of Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, three high-school outcasts - would-be writer Stella (Zoe Margaret Colletti); shy and gangly Auggie (Gabriel Rush) and feisty Chuck (Austin Zajur) - team with drifter Ramon (Michael Garza) to escape a drunk gang of jocks, but end up hiding in spooky abandoned house, once the home of a supposed child-murderer/writer named Sarah Bellows.
The statement said that the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station.
The statement added, "The army also managed to kill six terrorists who were inside an abandoned house that was spotted by the army aviation.
He took the teenager to an abandoned house situated in Madina Chowk.
An abandoned house half covered by sand in the village outside the town of Al Madam.
Bogota: Six bodies have been found in an abandoned house in a rural area of central Colombia following a massacre thought to have been committed by drug traffickers.
Ali Raza had gone missing on Saturday evening and during a search his body was found dumped in an abandoned house in Kalri village near Kandhra town on Sunday.