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To leave behind or stop caring for someone or something
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“None of that explains why a mother would abandon her baby.”
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To stop or give up on doing something
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“Shahn became so excited over the camera's capabilities that he decided to abandon painting forever.”
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To cancel or abort with something that was planned or agreed on
“Many countries were also often forced to abandon these policies temporarily because of unexpected external events.”
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To renounce one's beliefs or principles
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“If he were to lose everything he has, he would surely abandon his faith.”
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(abandon someone/something to) To give up or relinquish control of someone or something
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“The incompetent mayor would abandon the capital to poverty, neglect, and warlordism.”
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To leave a place without intending to return
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“After months of madness in the house, they decided to abandon the place and move back to Philadelphia.”
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(abandon to) To give (oneself) over to something, especially unrestrainedly
“Great leaders have the strength to abandon themselves to the wild ideas of others.”
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To let someone down by abandoning or neglecting them
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To get rid of (something undesirable or no longer required)
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To treat as unworthy of serious consideration
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To officially cancel (a decree, decision, or promise)
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To renege on, or fail to honor, an obligation or promise
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To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner
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To stop the operations of, typically due to financial difficulty
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Oppose
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To take over the place, position, or role of
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To unload (a cargo)
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Send to another place by force
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To separate for a special object or use
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(literally or figuratively) To deviate from a normal or expected path
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A complete lack of inhibition or restraint
“The chef would proceed to add spices to the stew with seeming abandon.”
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Immoral or wanton conduct or behavior
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Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion
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The quality or state of being natural
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Government of a country by its own people, especially after having been a colony
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The quality of being full of energy and liveliness
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The strength of a destructive force
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