Abandon

Adverb

  • (obsolete, not comparable) Freely; entirely.

Noun

  • A yielding to natural impulses or inhibitions; freedom from artificial constraint, with loss of appreciation of consequences. [Early 19th century.]
  • (obsolete) abandonment; relinquishment.

Verb

  • (transitive) To give up control of, to surrender or to give oneself over, or to yield to one's emotions. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To cast out; to banish; to expel; to reject. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To subdue; to take control of. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 16th century.]
  • (transitive) To leave behind; to desert as in a ship or a position, typically in response to overwhelming odds or impending dangers; to forsake, in spite of a duty or responsibility. [First attested in the late 15th century.]

    "Many baby girls have been abandoned on the streets of Beijing."

  • (transitive) To surrender to the insurer the insured item, so as to claim a total loss.
  • (transitive) To desist in doing, practicing, following, holding, or adhering to; to turn away from; to permit to lapse; to renounce; to discontinue. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
  • (transitive) To no longer exercise a right, title, or interest, especially with no interest of reclaiming it again; to yield; to relinquish. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

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