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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.




  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
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


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


1. The act of forsaking:
2. A giving up of a possession, claim, or right:
3. A complete surrender of inhibitions:
fráhvarf, òaî aî hætta viî
terkvazgeçmeyarım bırakma


[əˈbændənmənt] N
1. (= state) → abandono m; (= act) → acto m de desamparar, el abandonar
2. (moral) = abandon B


[əˈbændənmənt] n
[person, place] → abandon m
[work, activity] → abandon m
[idea, policy, strategy] → renonciation f
abandonment of sth → renonciation à qch


(= forsaking, desertion)Verlassen nt
(= giving-up)Aufgabe f
(= abandon)Hingabe f, → Selbstvergessenheit f, → Hemmungslosigkeit f (pej)


[əˈbændənmənt] nabbandono


(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.
References in classic literature ?
The thing is common in that fishery; and in the sequel of the narrative, it will then be seen what like abandonment befell myself.
The sordid contrast which the place presented to all that she had been accustomed to see in her own bed-chamber -- the practical abandonment, implied in its scanty furniture, of those elegant purities of personal habit to which she had been accustomed from her childhood -- shocked that sense of bodily self-respect in Magdalen which is a refined woman's second nature.
With a wild rattle and clatter, and an inhuman abandonment of consideration not easy to be understood in these days, the carriage dashed through streets and swept round corners, with women screaming before it, and men clutching each other and clutching children out of its way.
The heart-broken abandonment with which she said this was a sore trial to me; but though love may be deceived, vanity is ever vigilant, and vanity saved me.
A mind occupied with the prejudices of the old coercive despotism can naturally only see in the new a modification of the old, instead of, as my system is, an entire reversal or abandonment of it.
Monsieur d'Albon shuddered as he saw the utter abandonment of the body, the careless animal ease which revealed in the hapless woman a total absence of soul.
Thus, while contemplating the misfortune which threatened her and the abandonment in which she was left, she broke out into sobs and tears.
The most dreadful misfortunes, the most frightful sufferings, the abandonment of all those who loved me, the persecution of those who did not know me, formed the trials of my youth; when suddenly, from captivity, solitude, misery, I was restored to light and liberty, and became the possessor of a fortune so brilliant, so unbounded, so unheard-of, that I must have been blind not to be conscious that God had endowed me with it to work out his own great designs.
The worst that a prince may expect from a hostile people is to be abandoned by them; but from hostile nobles he has not only to fear abandonment, but also that they will rise against him; for they, being in these affairs more far- seeing and astute, always come forward in time to save themselves, and to obtain favours from him whom they expect to prevail.
One received a wonderful impression of utter abandonment, of wasted efficiency.
As for Jacob, he had thrust his pitchfork into the ground, and had thrown himself down beside it, in thorough abandonment to the unprecedented pleasure of having five lozenges in his mouth at once, blinking meanwhile, and making inarticulate sounds of gustative content.
I mean in the hearty abandonment of broad-mouthed mirth.