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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABANDON

The men laid down their loads, and sprawled about in abandon.

It seemed to her heart-breaking that Martin must be forced to abandon the only things for which he cared.

Abandon her not until you leave her in the habitations of civilized men.

But doth not Horatio doat on me, and may he not in despair break his heart if I abandon him?

It was about the 24th or 25th of January, that they resolved to abandon the ship.

I have been compelled, sir, to abandon the party whom you call Slyme.

"You had already determined to abandon him," observed Gomez Arias.

And meanwhile, there was no reason why I should yet abandon it.

Why did Capt. Spike abandon you, Jack; you have never told me that.

Rose, though half convinced, would not abandon her position.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to give up, surrender (oneself or something), give over utterly; to yield (oneself) utterly (to religion, fornication, etc.)," from Old French abandoner (12c.), from adverbial phrase à bandon "at will, at discretion," from à "at, to" (see ad-) + bandon "power, jurisdiction," from Latin bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.).

Etymologically, the word carries a sense of "put someone under someone else's control." Meaning "to give up absolutely" is from late 14c. Related: Abandoned; abandoning.

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