abandon meaning

[ ə'bændən ] Pronunciation:   "abandon" in a sentence
  • Verb: abandon  u'bandun
    1. Forsake, leave behind
      "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
    2. Give up with the intent of never claiming again
      "Abandon your life to God"
      - give up
    3. Leave behind empty; move out of
      - vacate, empty
    4. Stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
      "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"
      - give up
    5. Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
      - forsake, desolate, desert
    Noun: abandon  u'bandun
    1. The trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
      "she danced with abandon"
      - wantonness, unconstraint
    2. A feeling of extreme emotional intensity
      - wildness

    Derived forms: abandoned, abandoning, abandons

    See also: abandonment

    Type of: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, go away, go forth, leave, passion, passionateness, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out, unrestraint

    Encyclopedia: Abandon

  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj]


    to stop doing sth, especially before it is finished; to stop having or using sth:

    The group has been forced to abandon its plan to raise capacity by 8%.

    The company was abandoned by many of its customers.

    The Portuguese government gave consumers two months to get used to the euro before having to abandon the escudo altogether.

    2 (Insurance )

    to give up the legal ownership of sth, such as a ship or cargo that has been damaged, to an insurance company in exchange for an insurance payment, especially when the cost of repairing it is more than its total value:

    The company decided to abandon the ship to the insurance company.

    3 (Law )

    to stop trying to make a claim in a court:

    The claim was abandoned with the permission of the court.

    abandonment // noun [U]:

    This decision means the abandonment of the negotiation process.

    After the storm the shipowners decided on abandonment in return for an insurance payment.


  • [Engineering]
    To stop drilling and remove the drill rig from the site of a borehole before the intended depth or target is reached.

  • [Oil and gas]
    To cease efforts to produce fluids from a well in a depleted formation and to plug the well without adversely affecting the environment.


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  1. i can't abandon a tiny child to her.
  2. she felt herself constrained to abandon the idea.
  3. it would be a sin on your part to abandon science.
  4. a feeling of resentment urged him to abandon them.
  5. the next-best solution is to abandon the project altogether.

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