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verb [transitive] abandon pronunciation in British English /əˈbændən/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyabandon
he/she/itabandons
present participleabandoning
past tenseabandoned
past participleabandoned
  1. 2
    to leave a place, especially because it is difficult or dangerous to stay there

    Most of the villagers have abandoned their homes and fled.

    The coastal settlements were abandoned in the 19th century.

  2. 3
    to leave something in a place, especially because you are in a hurry or are trying to escape

    The stolen car was abandoned only five miles away.

  3. 4
    to stop something that you are doing or planning to do, especially because it is too difficult to continue

    After 20 lessons I finally abandoned my attempt to learn to drive.

    The game had to be abandoned because of rain.

    George almost persuaded me to abandon my studies and join him.

    1. a.
      to stop behaving or talking in a particular way, because it does not help you to achieve what you want

      She abandoned caution and began scrambling down the cliff.

      abandon all/any pretence (=stop trying to pretend something):

      By 1978, they had abandoned all pretence of democratic principles.

  4. 6
    to stop believing or supporting an idea

    Despite current problems, they have not abandoned their commitment to the peace process.

    By this time, the steady state theory of the universe had been largely abandoned.

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