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a·ban·don

abandon

 
 
pronunciation:
baen dn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
phrases:
abandon ship
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abandons, abandoning, abandoned
definition 1: to leave (someone or something) with no intention of returning or taking up possession again.
They abandoned the old car in the ditch.He abandoned his family and moved far away.
synonyms:
desert, forsake, reject, turn one's back on
antonyms:
keep, re-claim, retain
similar words:
drop, jettison, leave, maroon, repudiate
definition 2: to give up (a structure or place) by withdrawing from it.
The families were forced to abandon the village that had been their home.Overwhelmed by enemy forces, the army abandoned the fort.The captain gave the order to abandon the ship.
 
synonyms:
forsake
antonyms:
re-claim
similar words:
give up, relinquish, scuttle, surrender, turn one's back on
definition 3: to stop pursuing (an activity, goal, or the like); give up; relinquish.
He abandoned his dream of becoming an actor.They abandoned the project when they realized it was too costly.
synonyms:
forsake, give up, relinquish
similar words:
renounce
definition 4: to allow (oneself) to be taken over completely by emotions or impulses.
He abandoned himself to hysteria.
synonyms:
surrender
antonyms:
compose, recompose
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: freedom from restraint or inhibition.
The Mardi Gras crowds danced in the streets with abandon.He rode the horse with reckless abandon.
synonyms:
freedom, intemperance, spontaneity, wantonness
antonyms:
continence, restraint, self-control, self-restraint
similar words:
Úlan, enthusiasm, impetuosity
definition 2: a state in which emotions or impulses control one completely.
She shrieked and waved her arms in abandon.
synonyms:
surrender
antonyms:
composure
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phrase: abandon ship
derivation: abandonment (n.)