abandon

1 verb (T)
1 to leave someone, especially someone you are responsible for: children abandoned by their parents
2 to go away from a place, vehicle etc, permanently, especially because the situation makes it impossible for you to stay: We had to abandon the car and walk the rest of the way. | Fearing further attacks, most of the population had abandoned the city.
3 to stop doing something because there are too many problems and it is impossible to continue: The game had to be abandoned due to bad weather.
4 to decide that you no longer believe in a particular idea or principle: They were accused of abandoning their socialist principles. | abandon hope (of doing sth): Imogen had abandoned all hope of ever seeing her brother again.
5 abandon yourself to literary to feel an emotion so strongly that you let it control you completely
6 abandon ship to leave a ship because it is sinking
- abandonment noun (U) 2 noun (U) with gay/wild abandon in a careless or uncontrolled way without thinking or caring about what you are doing: The kids hurled pieces of wood on the fire with gay abandon.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • abandon — [ abɑ̃dɔ̃ ] n. m. • XIIe; de l a. fr. (mettre) à bandon « au pouvoir de », d o. germ. 1 ♦ Action de renoncer (à une chose), de laisser (qqch.). Politique d abandon. ⇒ abdication, concession. Abandon des hostilités. ⇒ arrêt, capitulation,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abandon — ABANDON. s. m. État où est une personne, une chose abandonnée. Il est dans un abandon général. Il est dans l abandon de Dieu, dans l abandon de tous ses amis.Abandon, se dit aussi en parlant Des discours, des ouvrages, des manières, etc. d Une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • abandon — aban·don vt 1: to give up with the intent of never again asserting or claiming an interest in (a right or property) 2: to disassociate oneself from or forsake in spite of a duty or responsibility to abandon one s child 3: to renounce one s… …   Law dictionary

  • abandon — ABANDÓN, abandonuri, s.n. 1. Părăsire împotriva regulilor morale şi a obligaţiilor materiale a copiilor, familiei etc. 2. Părăsire a unui bun sau renunţare la un drept. 3. Renunţare la continuarea participării într o probă sportivă. – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Abandon — Студийный альбом Deep Purple …   Википедия

  • Abandon — A*ban don ([.a]*b[a^]n d[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abandoned} ( d[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abandoning}.] [OF. abandoner, F. abandonner; a (L. ad) + bandon permission, authority, LL. bandum, bannum, public proclamation, interdiction, bannire to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abandon — [ə ban′dən] vt. [ME abandonen < OFr abandoner < mettre a bandon, to put under (someone else s) ban, relinquish: see BAN1] 1. to give up (something) completely or forever [to abandon all hope] 2. to leave, as in danger or out of necessity;… …   English World dictionary

  • abandon — vb 1 Abandon, desert, forsake mean to quit absolutely. Abandon implies surrender of control or possession often with the implication that the thing abandoned is left to the mercy of someone or something else {the ghost of grandeur that lingers… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abandon — Abandon. substantif masculin verbal. Estat où est une personne ou une chose delaissée. Il n est guere en usage qu en cette maniere de parler adverbiale. A l abandon. laisser à l abandon. tout est à l abandon …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Abandon — A*ban don, n. [F. abandon. fr. abandonner. See {Abandon}, v.] Abandonment; relinquishment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abandon — Álbum de Deep Purple Publicación 2 de junio de 1998 Grabación 1997 1998 Género(s) Hard rock Duración 57:07 …   Wikipedia Español

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