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definition of the word abandon

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From Old French abandoner, formed from à + bandon (jurisdiction, control), from Mediaeval Latin bannum (proclamation), from Frankish *ban, from Proto-Germanic *bannan (proclaim, command) ( > English ban), from Proto-Indo-European *bha- (to speak).

to abandon

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to abandon (third-person singular simple present abandons, present participle abandoning, simple past and past participle abandoned)

  1. (transitive) To give up control of, to surrender.
    • Hope was overthrown, yet could not be abandoned. — I. Taylor
  2. (transitive) To leave behind, to desert.
    Many baby girls have been abandoned on the streets of Beijing everyday.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
    • 1594: Being all this time abandoned from your bed. — Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
  4. (transitive) To relinquish a claim to property to underwriters.

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