abandon

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Abandon is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /əˈbændən/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: aban‧don

Verb[change]

Plain form
abandon

Third-person singular
abandons

Past tense
abandoned

Past participle
abandoned

Present participle
abandoning

  1. (transitive) If you abandon something, you go away from it with no plan to return.
    Many teens abandon all chances of a successful future when they drop out of school.
    After much thought, they abandoned the idea as being too difficult.
    The government abandons after-school programs when money is tight.
  2. (transitive) If you abandon something, you give up control of it.
    They danced wildly down the street, abandoning themselves to the night and the moon.
    The woodcutter and his wife considered abandoning Hansel and Gretel in the forest.

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Noun[change]

Singular
abandon

Plural
none

  1. (uncountable) Abandon is a state where you do not control yourself.
    In these games, kids shoot and blow each other up with reckless abandon.

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