abandon (n.)

  1. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; she danced with abandon

    [ Syn: wantonness , unconstraint ]

  2. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; the wildness of his anger

    [ Syn: wildness ]

    abandon (v.)

  1. forsake, leave behind; We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot'

  2. give up with the intent of never claiming again; Abandon your life to God; She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti; We gave the drowning victim up for dead

    [ Syn: give up ]

  3. leave behind empty; move out of; You must vacate your office by tonight

    [ Syn: vacate , empty ]

  4. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims; He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage; Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations

    [ Syn: give up ]

  5. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; The mother deserted her children

    [ Syn: forsake , desolate , desert ]

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