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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abandon:


The word abandon and its family (abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun abandon

What does abandon mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abandons

  1. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • example: she danced with abandon
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of abandon: unconstraint / wantonness
    • more generic word: unrestraint = the quality of lacking restraint
  2. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity

Alternative definition of the noun abandon


  1. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.

Definition of the verb abandon

What does abandon mean as a doing word?

Abandon is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: abandoned | abandoning | abandons

  1. forsake, leave behind
  2. give up with the intent of never claiming again
  3. leave behind empty; move out of
  4. stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    • example: He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of abandon: give up
    • more specific term: sell out = abandon one's principles for expedience or financial gain
  5. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of abandon: desert / desolate / forsake
    • more generic word: leave = go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
    • more specific terms:
      • expose = abandon by leaving out in the open air
      • walk out = leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
      • ditch = forsake
      • maroon / strand = leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

Alternative definition of the verb abandon


  1. [transitive] To give up control of, to surrender.
  2. [transitive] To leave behind, to desert.
  3. [transitive, obsolete] To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
  4. [transitive] To relinquish a claim to property to underwriters.


"Abandon" is a 2002 American thriller film released by Paramount Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. It was written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, starring Katie Holmes as a college student whose boyfriend disappeared two years previously. Despite being set at an American university, much of the movie was filmed in Canada at McGill University's McConnell Hall.


  1. "Abandon" a.k.a. "Adams Fall" is writer Sean Desmond's first novel and is based around the events which occur to a college student in his senior year at Harvard University. In the midst of completing his thesis and applying for a study abroad program, the narrator copes with his stresses by resorting to alcohol and drugs.
  2. "Abandon" is a book by Pico Iyer.
    • also known as "Abandon: a romance"
    • genres: Romance novel, Fiction
    • subjects: British Cuisine, California, Literary, Adventure


"Abandon" is a video game.

  • developer: Team Four Life
  • genres: Action game, Puzzle game
  • publisher: Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab


  1. "Abandon" is the sixteenth studio album by Deep Purple released in the Spring of 1998. It was Deep Purple's second album with Steve Morse on guitar and the last one with founding member Jon Lord.
    • also known as Abandon (Deep Purple)
    • genres: Hard rock, Heavy metal
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "Abandon" is a musical album of Clint Mansell, soundtrack.
    • also known as Abandon Soundtrack
    • released on (12 years ago)
  3. "Abandon" is a musical album of Pharmakon.
    • released on
  4. "Abandon" is a musical EP of Aria.
    • released in
  5. "Abandon" is a musical single of Alec Milliner.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  6. "Abandon" is a composition.
  7. "Abandon" is a musical EP of Abandon.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  8. "Abandon" is a musical album of C Reider.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  9. "Abandon" is a musical album of [The User].
    • released in (12 years ago)
  10. "Abandon" is a musical album of Jason Morant.


Who is Abandon?

Abandon a.k.a. Paul Maddox is a Hard Dance record producer.


  1. Abandon is an American Christian rock band from San Antonio, Texas. The group had five members: brothers Josh and Justin Engler, cousins Stevan and Dave Vela, and Bryan Fowler. They signed onto ForeFront Records in late 2007 and released the Abandon EP in July 2008. Their first single "Providence" was released to radios in August and has reached No. 7 on R&R's Christian rock charts.
  2. Abandon is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "In Reality We Suffer", "The Dead End", "When It Falls Apart"

There are other groups with in their name, like Abandon Kansas, Hateful Abandon, Abandon All Hope and Abandon All Ships.


Abandon is a 2006 theater production of the play by Matthew Maguire.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abandon

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Google previewNew Probate Law and Practice (1920)

With Annotations and Forms for Use in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming by William Smithers Church, Curtis Hillyer

Failure to provide for minor child for one year is only presumptive evidence of abandonment; intent to abandon is the decisive factor under section 15 of the juvenile court law, in a proceeding to declare a child free from parental custody and ...

Google previewStatistical Physics (2013)

An Entropic Approach by Ian Ford

The first thing we must abandon is the classical picture of particles moving around in a chaotic fashion and colliding with one another. The picture provided by quantum mechanics is one where particles are moving (slowly!) backwards and ...

Google previewReinvention Through Messaging (2004)

The Write Message for the Right Job! by Dilip G. Saraf

Organized abandon is a state where you are approaching the process in a creatively structured space and mindset, free to explore what your unfettered mind lets you pursue. The results may surprise you ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

sudden, suddenly, unaware, unawares, unexpectedly abacus: calculator, swan pan Abaddon: Apollyon, Hades, Hell, Sheol abaft: after, arear, astern, back, behind, rearward abalone: ear shell, mollusk, ormer, sea ear, shell abandon: abjure, ...

Google previewLaw Dictionary: Sixth Edition

It includes both the intention to abandon and the external act by which the intention is carried into effect...

Google previewA Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee (2008)

by Douglas Richard Parks, Lula Nora Pratt

} leave, leave behind; abandon, desert. <cf. aawaa leave, abandon, forsake> ...

Google previewA Commercial Dictionary (1803)

Containing the Present State of Mercantile Law, Practice, and Custom Intended for the Use of the Cabinet, the Counting-house, and the Library by Joshua Montefiore

The insured may abandon in every case where, in consequence of any of the perils insured against, the voyage is lost, or not worth pursuing; where the thing insured is so damaged as to be of little or no value to the owner, where the salvage ...

Google previewThe New Universal English Dictionary ... To which is added, a dictionary of cant words ... The fourth edition, carefully corrected by Mr. Buchanan, etc (1760)

by Nathan BAILEY

old dialect, signifies a curse; and to abandon, if considered as a compound between French and Saxon, is exactly equivalent to diri: demure) signifies," according to the different authors, r. To give up, resign, or quit to. 2. To desert.

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If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family. (Michael Enzi)
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Scrabble value of A1B3A1N1D2O1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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