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ABANDON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abandon mean? 

ABANDON (noun)
  The noun ABANDON has 2 senses:

1. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
2. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity

  Familiarity information: ABANDON used as a noun is rare.


ABANDON (verb)
  The verb ABANDON has 5 senses:

1. forsake, leave behind
2. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
3. give up with the intent of never claiming again
4. leave behind empty; move out of
5. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

  Familiarity information: ABANDON used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABANDON (noun)


Sense 1abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

abandon; unconstraint; wantonness

Context example:

she danced with abandon

Hypernyms ("abandon" is a kind of...):

unrestraint (the quality of lacking restraint)


Sense 2abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of extreme emotional intensity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

wildness; abandon

Context example:

the wildness of his anger

Hypernyms ("abandon" is a kind of...):

passion; passionateness (strong feeling or emotion)


ABANDON (verb)


Sense 1abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forsake, leave behind

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot

Hypernyms (to "abandon" is one way to...):

cast aside; cast away; cast out; chuck out; discard; dispose; fling; put away; throw away; throw out; toss; toss away; toss out (throw or cast away)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abandon"):

chuck; ditch (throw away)

dispense with (forgo; do or go without)

forfeit; forgo; give up; throw overboard; waive (lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime)

consign (commit forever; commit irrevocably)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

abandon; give up

Context examples:

He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage / Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give up with the intent of never claiming again

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

give up; abandon

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abandon"):

foreswear; quit; relinquish; renounce (turn away from; give up)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave behind empty; move out of

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

vacate; empty; abandon

Context example:

You must vacate your office by tonight

Hypernyms (to "abandon" is one way to...):

go away; go forth; leave (go away from a place)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5abandon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

forsake; desolate; desert; abandon

Context example:

The mother deserted her children

Hypernyms (to "abandon" is one way to...):

leave (go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abandon"):

expose (abandon by leaving out in the open air)

walk out (leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval)

ditch (forsake)

maroon; strand (leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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