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abandon

verb [T] (LEAVE)    /əˈbæn.dən/
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.Departing abandoned     /əˈbæn.dənd/ adjective B2 An abandoned baby was found in a box on the hospital steps.AloneSeparateness and isolation in space abandonment     /-mənt/ noun [U] The abandonment of the island followed nuclear tests in the area.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhereDepartingCausing something to endComing to an end
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