Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at abandon1, -ed2 (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Abandoned
forsaken or deserted:
unrestrained or uncontrolled; uninhibited:
utterly lacking in moral restraints; shameless; wicked:
desertedan abandoned windmill
forsakenan abandoned child
unrestrained; uninhibitedwild, abandoned dancing
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.
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
freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon
Having been deserted or left.
: left without needed protection, care, or support an abandoned baby … she … began to live in what she referred to as the straitened circumstances of an abandoned woman.— Richard Russo
: left by the owner an abandoned car : left to fall into a state of disuse an abandoned field abandoned property an abandoned factory
: no longer held or thought of : given up abandoned hopes/dreams
: wholly free from restraint The lower the beer dropped in the kegs, the more abandoned and frenzied the dancers became.— Don Asher … unless you can convince them that you are as abandoned a profligate as themselves.— George Bernard Shaw
Example sentences for Abandoned
But because they are not forgotten, they cannot completely be abandoned.
He asks why non-believers like himself are abandoned by the world.
The abandoned barracks of the Liberian Army lay just beyond in the tropical thicket.
Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies.
But most of the abandoned houses, with sagging roofs and drafty walls, are just there.
Her brother's business has been wrecked; wrecked so completely that he abandoned it—hadn't the courage to face his creditors.
So wild a rush was made when Larissa was abandoned, that the soldiers did not even fold their tents or carry away their baggage.
After an hour or so this ceased to be exciting and he abandoned his loophole.
Dec. 30—Anti-war riots throughout the country; Servian campaign is abandoned.
He had abandoned hope; he had put aside possibilities, for he could see none.