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English definition of “abandon”

abandon

verb [T] (STOP)    /əˈbæn.dən/
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.Causing something to endComing to an end 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
(Definition of abandon verb (STOP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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