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a·ban·don / əˈbandən/ • v. [tr.] 1. give up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking): he had abandoned all pretense of trying to succeed. ∎  discontinue (a scheduled event) before completion. 2. cease to support or look after (someone); desert. ∎  leave (a place, typically a building) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return. ∎  leave (something, typically a vehicle or a vessel) decisively, esp. as an act of survival. ∎  (abandon someone/something to) condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them: an attempt to persuade businesses not to abandon the area to inner-city deprivation. 3. (abandon oneself to) allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse): abandoning herself to moony fantasies. • n. complete lack of inhibition or restraint: she sings and sways with total abandon. DERIVATIVES: a·ban·don·ment n.

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abandon abandon hope all ye who enter here traditional rendering of the final line of the inscription over the gates of hell in Dante's Inferno.
abandon ship take to the lifeboats and leave a ship in imminent danger of sinking (often as a formal order to crew); in extended usage, desert what is seen as a failing organization.

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abandon1 †subjugate; give up, orig. to the control of another XIV; †banish XVI. — OF. abandoner (mod. -nn-), f. phr. a bandon, i.e. a to (AD-), bandon jurisdiction, control, ult. f. *bandum, var. of medL. bannum BAN1.

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abandon2 freedom from restraint. XIX. — F., f. abandonner (see prec.).

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abandonAbaddon, gladden, gladdon, Ibadan, madden, sadden •abandon, Brandon, Rwandan, Ugandan •Baden, Baden-Baden, Coloradan, garden, harden, lardon, Nevadan, pardon •Wiesbaden • bear garden •tea garden •Armageddon, deaden, leaden, redden •Eldon, Sheldon •Brendan, tendon •Dresden •Aden, Aidan, Haydn, laden, maiden •handmaiden •cedarn, cotyledon, dicotyledon, Eden, monocotyledon, Sweden •wealden •bestridden, forbidden, hidden, midden, outridden, ridden, stridden, unbidden •Wimbledon •linden, Lindon, Swindon •Wisden • Mohammedan • Myrmidon •harridan • hagridden • Sheridan •bedridden • Macedon • Huntingdon •Dryden, guidon, Leiden, Poseidon, Sidon, widen •Culloden, hodden, modern, sodden, trodden •Cobden • downtrodden •Auden, broaden, cordon, Gordon, Hordern, Jordan, warden •churchwarden • louden • bounden •loden, Snowdon •beholden, embolden, golden, olden •hoyden • Bermudan • wooden •Mukden • gulden • sudden •Blunden, London •Riordan • bourdon • bombardon •celadon • Clarendon •burden, guerdon

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