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English definition of “abandon”

abandon

verb [T]
 
 
/əˈbændən/
to stop an activity before it is finished, usually because you think you cannot succeed: abandon a project/plan/an idea The car maker has abandoned its plans to build a giant new plant.abandon a lawsuit/case/claim The high cost of legal representation can influence a person's decision about whether to abandon a claim.
to leave a person, place, or thing that needs you to care for them: He kept the company going because he didn't want to abandon his staff. A vehicle had been abandoned on the side of the road.
INSURANCE to allow an insurance company to keep property that has been lost or damaged, in exchange for an insurance payment
abandonment noun [U]
(Definition of abandon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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