Meaning of ABANDON in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ əbændən ]

( abandons, abandoning, abandoned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If you abandon a place, thing, or person, you leave the place, thing, or person permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so.

He claimed that his parents had abandoned him...

The road is strewn with abandoned vehicles.

VERB : V n , V-ed


If you abandon an activity or piece of work, you stop doing it before it is finished.

The authorities have abandoned any attempt to distribute food...

= give up

≠ continue

VERB : V n


If you abandon an idea or way of thinking, you stop having that idea or thinking in that way.

Logic had prevailed and he had abandoned the idea.

= give up

VERB : V n


If you say that someone does something with abandon , you mean that they behave in a wild, uncontrolled way and do not think or care about how they should behave.

He has spent money with gay abandon...

N-UNCOUNT : usu with N [ disapproval ]


see also abandoned


If people abandon ship , they get off a ship because it is sinking.

PHRASE : v inflects

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