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verb [transitive]     abandon pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleabandoning
past tenseabandoned
past participleabandoned
  1. 1
    to leave someone when you should stay with them and look after them

    His mother abandoned him when he was five days old.

    1. a.
      informal to suddenly leave someone that you are with

      I’m sorry I abandoned you like that.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 5
    to stop supporting or helping someone

    Hardy felt that he had been abandoned by all his followers.

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     abandonment pronunciation in British English
noun [uncountable]
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