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abandon

verb [T]  us   /əˈbæn·dən/
to leave behind or run away from someone or something, or to give up something: Air attacks forced the villagers to abandon their homes. The weather was so bad, we abandoned our plans for a picnic.
abandonment
noun [U]  us   /əˈbæn·dən·mənt/
Archeologists don’t know what could have caused a mass abandonment of the area.
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