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abandonverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbæn.dən/ 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 rebel troops arrived, the village had already been abandoned.
As a baby he was abandoned by his mother.
We were sinking fast, and the captain gave the order to abandon ship.

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adjective uk /əˈbæn.dənd/ us /əˈbæn.dənd/


An abandoned baby was found in a box on the hospital steps.
noun [ U ] uk /əˈbæn.dən.mənt/ us /əˈbæn.dən.mənt/

The abandonment of the island followed nuclear tests in the area.


uk /əˈbæn.dən/ 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 attacks forced the villagers to abandon their homes.
The weather was so bad, we abandoned our plans for a picnic.
noun [ U ] us /əˈbæn·dən·mənt/

Archeologists don’t know what could have caused a mass abandonment of the area.

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"abandon" in Business English

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abandonverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbændən/ us

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

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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Whilst these countries talked as if they were representing all underdeveloped countries, they themselves were not prepared to abandon the high trade barriers they had in respect of poorer countries.
The problems cities have with compliance with the daily limit value are no secret, and we abandon municipalities to a sort of organised helplessness.
I also agree that we must not abandon our action; we must persevere and continue trying to persuade certain countries to move towards democracy.
You will abandon it!
We need to better coordinate the provision of aid, abandon the redundant formalities and strengthen control in order to be able to respond to the ever-changing situation.
To try and abandon the geopolitical view of the world, where human beings and their fates are manipulated like playing cards.
The dynamic element is essential, therefore, and we must abandon the very sterile fixation with mechanistic approaches to economic phenomena and explore how a policy mix can reflect dynamic factors.
Sometimes, and my own country reserves that right, we will have to say no we cannot abandon this particular national perspective because it is too important.
The aim must be to abandon the use of coccidiostats, but that cannot be done at once as they cannot yet be replaced by vaccination.
Lastly, a strong gesture from the major powers could perhaps convince countries that are currently acquiring nuclear knowhow to abandon their projects.