Dictionary Definition

'abandon'

Definition of 'abandon'
From: WordNet
noun
The trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon" [syn: abandon, wantonness, unconstraint]
noun
A feeling of extreme emotional intensity; "the wildness of his anger" [syn: wildness, abandon]
verb
Forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
verb
Give up with the intent of never claiming again; "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" [syn: abandon, give up]
verb
Leave behind empty; move out of; "You must vacate your office by tonight" [syn: vacate, empty, abandon]
verb
Stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims; "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations" [syn: abandon, give up]
verb
Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children" [syn: abandon, forsake, desolate, desert]
Synonyms of 'abandon'
abandonment, abjection, abjure, abort, abscond, acknowledge defeat, ardency, ardor, back out, beat a retreat, beg a truce, beg off, belay, boundlessness, bow out, break the habit, brush aside, brush off, cancel, capitulate, careless abandon, carelessness, cast, cast aside, cast away, cast off, casualness, cease, cede, chuck, come to terms, commitment, committedness, corruptedness, corruption, corruptness, craze, cry off, cry pax, cry quits, cursoriness, cut, cut it out, debasement, decadence, decadency, dedication, deep-six, degeneracy, degenerateness, degeneration, degradation, delirium, demoralization, depart from, depravation, depravedness, depravity, desert, desist, devotedness, devotion, devoutness, disappear, discard, discontinue, disgorge, dismiss, dispense with, dispose of, disregardfulness, dissoluteness, disuse, ditch, do without, drop, drop it, drop out, drop the subject, dump, earnestness, ease, easiness, ecstasy, egregiousness, eighty-six, eliminate, end, enormousness, evacuate, exaggeration, excess, excessiveness, exorbitance, exorbitancy, extravagance, extravagancy, extreme, extremes, extremism, extremity, exuberance, fabulousness, faith, faithfulness, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fidelity, fire, fire and fury, forget, forget about it, forget it, forgetfulness, forgo, forsake, forswear, freedom, frenzy, fun, furor, furore, fury, games, get along without, get quit of, get rid of, get shut of, giantism, gigantism, give away, give over, give up, gluttony, go back on, goldbrick, goof off, halt, hand over, hastiness, have done with, heartiness, heat, heatedness, heedlessness, hold, hyperbole, hypertrophy, hysteria, immoderacy, immoderateness, immoderation, impassionedness, implore mercy, impulsiveness, inconsiderateness, inconsideration, incontinence, indifference, indiscipline, inordinacy, inordinance, inordinateness, insouciance, intemperance, intemperateness, intensity, intentness, intoxication, irrepressibility, jettison, jilt, jump, junk, kick, kiss good-bye, knock it off, lack of foresight, laxity, laxness, lay aside, lay off, laziness, leave, leave behind, leave flat, leave loose ends, leave off, leave undone, let alone, let be, let dangle, let go, let it go, let slip, liberty, license, licentiousness, looseness, loyalty, madness, make a sacrifice, malinger, maroon, miss, monstrousness, moral pollution, moral turpitude, naturalness, nimiety, noncoercion, nonintimidation, oblivion, offhandedness, omit, orgasm, orgy, outrageousness, overdevelopment, overgreatness, overgrowth, overindulgence, overlargeness, overmuch, overmuchness, part with, pass over, pass up, passion, passionateness, perfunctoriness, permissiveness, play, pray for quarter, pretermit, procrastinate, profligacy, pull out, push aside, put aside, quit, quit cold, quitclaim, radicalism, rage, rapture, ravishment, recant, recklessness, refrain, regardlessness, reject, relinquish, remove, render up, renege, renounce, reprobacy, repudiate, resign, resolution, retire, retract, retreat, riotousness, rottenness, run out on, sacrifice, say goodbye to, say uncle, scrap, scrub, seriousness, set aside, shake, shirk, shrug off, sincerity, skip, slack, slough, sneeze at, spare, spirit, spontaneity, sport, sprezzatura, stand down, stay, stop, surrender, swear off, tactlessness, take leave of, take the pledge, tearing passion, terminate, think nothing of, thoughtlessness, throw away, throw off, throw out, throw over, throw overboard, throw up, thrust aside, too much, too-muchness, toss overboard, towering rage, transport, trifle, turn away from, turn up, turpitude, unconscionableness, unconstrained, unconstraint, uncontrol, undueness, unheedfulness, uninhibitedness, unmindfulness, unpreparedness, unreadiness, unreasonableness, unreserve, unrestrainedness, unrestraint, unruliness, unsolicitousness, unsolicitude, unstrictness, unthinkingness, vacate, vanish, vehemence, waive, wantonness, warmth, wildness, withdraw, yield, yield the palm, zeal
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