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abandon

a·ban·don

abandon

 
 
pronunciation:
baen dn
part of speech: verb
inflections: abandons, abandoning, abandoned
definition 1: to leave behind with no plan to return; desert.
The frightened thieves abandoned the stolen car.
synonyms:
desert, forsake, turn one's back on
antonyms:
keep, retain
similar words:
drop, jettison, leave
definition 2: to stop pursuing; give up.
He abandoned his dream of being an actor.She abandoned her chores and went fishing.
synonyms:
forsake, give up
derivation: abandonment (n.)