1325–75; Middle English abando(u)nen < Middle French abandoner for Old French (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction, equivalent to a at, to (< Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon < Germanic *band; see bond1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Late Middle English from Old French abandoner, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + bandon ‘control’ (related to ban). The original sense was ‘bring under control’, later ‘give in to the control of, surrender to’ (abandon (sense 3 of the verb)). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Abandon
verb (used with object)
to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:
to give up; discontinue; withdraw from:
to give up the control of:
to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control:
Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.
Insurance. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss.
Obsolete. to banish.
a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition or conventionality:
freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon
to forsake completely; desert; leave behindto abandon a baby; drivers had to abandon their cars
abandon ship the order given to the crew of a ship that is about to sink to take to the lifeboats
to give up completelyto abandon a habit; to abandon hope
to yield control of or concern in; relinquishto abandon office
to give up (something begun) before completionto abandon a job; the game was abandoned
to surrender (oneself) to emotion without restraint
to give (insured property that has suffered partial loss or damage) to the insurers in order that a claim for a total loss may be made
Cease to support or look after (someone); desert.
Give up completely (a practice or a course of action)
Allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse)
Complete lack of inhibition or restraint.
: to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent
: to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in abandon property
: to withdraw from often in the face of danger or encroachment abandon ship soldiers forced to abandon their position
: to withdraw protection, support, or help from he abandoned his family
: to give (oneself) over unrestrainedly abandoned himself to a life of self-indulgence
: to cease from maintaining, practicing, or using abandoned their native language
: to cease intending or attempting to perform abandoned the escape
: a thorough yielding to natural impulses
Example sentences for Abandon
Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.
No one, of course, was “repressing” Klaus or preventing him from “expressing his views,” something he does with abandon.
The show started filming in Israel over the summer, but was forced to abandon the location as political tensions escalated.
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
The pocket in the hills in which they lay was surely a safe and comfortable place, and one need be in no hurry to abandon it.
But he kept on as he began, and by a common impulse the boys made up their minds to abandon the whole affair to him.
His story was, that he persuaded the Indians to abandon the British; that in the end we would ruin them, &c.
It is to the first-born, whether a boy or a girl, that the inheritance is transmitted, and he or she is forbidden to abandon it.
The words fire, energy, abandon, found in him unprecedented meanings.