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English noun: abandon

1. abandon (attribute) the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

SamplesShe danced with abandon.

Synonymsunconstraint, wantonness

Broader (hypernym)unrestraint

2. abandon (feeling) a feeling of extreme emotional intensity

SamplesThe wildness of his anger.


Broader (hypernym)passion, passionateness

English verb: abandon

1. abandon (possession) forsake, leave behind

SamplesWe abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out

Narrower (hyponym)chuck, consign, dispense with, ditch, forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive

2. abandon (possession) give up with the intent of never claiming again

SamplesAbandon 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.

Synonymsgive up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)foreswear, quit, relinquish, renounce

3. abandon (motion) leave behind empty; move out of

SamplesYou must vacate your office by tonight.

Synonymsempty, vacate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

4. abandon (cognition) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims

SamplesHe abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage.
Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations.

Synonymsgive up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Verb groupbreak, cave in, collapse, ease up, fall in, founder, give, give, give way, give way, move over, yield

5. abandon (cognition) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

SamplesThe mother deserted her children.

Synonymsdesert, desolate, forsake

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)leave

Narrower (hyponym)ditch, expose, maroon, strand, walk out

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