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"abandon" in British English

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abandonverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈbæn.dən/
  • abandon verb [T] (LEAVE)

B2 to ​leave a ​place, thing, or ​person, usually for ​ever: We had to abandon the ​car. By the ​time the ​rebeltroopsarrived, the ​village had already been abandoned. As a ​baby he was abandoned by his ​mother. We were ​sinkingfast, and the ​captain gave the ​order to abandon ship.

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  • abandon verb [T] (STOP)

C1 to ​stop doing an ​activity before you have ​finished it: The ​game was abandoned at ​half-time because of the ​poorweatherconditions. They had to abandon ​theirattempt to ​climb the ​mountain. The ​party has now abandoned ​itspolicy of ​unilateraldisarmament.

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abandoned
adjective uk   us   /əˈbæn.dənd/
B2 An abandoned ​baby was ​found in a ​box on the ​hospitalsteps.
abandonment
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/
The abandonment of the ​islandfollowednucleartests in the ​area.

abandonnoun

uk   us   /əˈbæn.dən/ literary
(Definition of abandon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abandon" in American English

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abandonverb [T]

 us   /əˈbæn·dən/
to ​leave behind or ​run away from someone or something, or to give up something: Air ​attacksforced the ​villagers to abandon ​theirhomes. The ​weather was so ​bad, we abandoned ​ourplans for a ​picnic.
abandonment
noun [U]  us   /əˈbæn·dən·mənt/
Archeologists don’t ​know what could have caused a ​mass abandonment of the ​area.
(Definition of abandon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"abandon" in Business English

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abandonverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈbændən/
to ​stop an ​activity before it is ​finished, usually because you ​think you cannot ​succeed: abandon a project/plan/an idea The ​carmaker has abandoned its ​plans to ​build a ​giant new ​plant.abandon a lawsuit/case/claim The high ​cost of ​legalrepresentation 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 ​insurancecompany to ​keepproperty that has been ​lost or ​damaged, in ​exchange for an ​insurancepayment
abandonment
noun [U]
High winds ​forced the abandonment of ​efforts to erect the ​structure.
(Definition of abandon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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