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verb [transitive] abandon pronunciation in British English /əˈbændən/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleabandoning
past tenseabandoned
past participleabandoned
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  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
    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.
  5. 5
    to stop supporting or helping someone
    Hardy felt that he had been abandoned by all his followers.
  6. 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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 abandon pronunciation in British English noun [uncountable]


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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