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abandon

verb [T] uk   /əˈbæn.dən/ us  

abandon verb [T] (LEAVE)

B2 to leave a place, thing, or person for ever: We had to abandon the car. By the time the rebel troops arrived, the village had already been abandoned. As a baby he'd been abandoned by his mother. We were sinking fast, and the captain gave the order to abandon ship.

abandon verb [T] (STOP)

C1 to stop doing an activity before you have finished it: The match was abandoned at half-time because of the poor weather conditions. They had to abandon their attempt to climb the mountain. The party has now abandoned its policy of unilateral disarmament.
abandon yourself to sth to allow yourself to be controlled completely by a feeling or way of living: He abandoned himself to his emotions.
abandoned
adjective uk   /əˈbæn.dənd/ us  
B2 An abandoned baby was found in a box on the hospital steps.
abandonment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
The abandonment of the island followed nuclear tests in the area.

abandon

noun uk   /əˈbæn.dən/ literary us  
with (gay/wild) abandon in a completely uncontrolled way: We danced with wild abandon.
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