Definition for abandon

noun as in careless disregard for consequences

verb as in leave in troubled state

Strong matches

disown, jilt

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Example Sentences

After an outbreak in Beijing in June, China abandoned its previous strategy of confining millions of people to their homes.

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Today, Rollins has largely abandoned his pursuit of the bonus payments from Medicaid.

A lifetime after Stewart turned in her stepfather and was abandoned to his abuses, four words cut across the years.

Well 20 in the Midway-Sunset field was drilled in 1927 and abandoned by Chevron in the 1980s.

Shell’s experience in 2015, when it abandoned plans to drill offshore in the Arctic under heavy pressure, indicate what other companies can expect.

They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.

Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?

After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.

No one, of course, was “repressing” Klaus or preventing him from “expressing his views,” something he does with abandon.

The show started filming in Israel over the summer, but was forced to abandon the location as political tensions escalated.

Before daybreak we had ridden five and twenty miles, but had been compelled to abandon two more guns.

In case that they would not abandon the religion which they preached, the officials of Masamune commenced to execute their orders.

They spoke like this because they are accustomed to abandon altogether those whom they have once judged incurable.

This picture laughs, as children laugh, with perfect abandon.

There are those who tell us—and they number many millions—that we must abandon them entirely.


On this page you'll find 209 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to abandon, such as: spontaneity, disregard, freedom, impulse, licentiousness, and recklessness.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.