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abandoned Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb forsake, leave behind
    abandon.
    • We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot
  2. verb give up with the intent of never claiming again
    abandon; give up.
    • Abandon your life to God
    • She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti
    • We gave the drowning victim up for dead
  3. verb leave behind empty; move out of
    vacate; abandon; empty.
    • You must vacate your office by tonight
  4. verb stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    abandon; give up.
    • He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage
    • Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations
  5. verb leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    abandon; desolate; desert; forsake.
    • The mother deserted her children
  6. adjective satellite forsaken by owner or inhabitants
    deserted; derelict.
    • weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse
  7. adjective satellite free from constraint
    • an abandoned sadness born of grief"- Liam O'Flaherty
WordNet

A*ban"doned adjective
Definitions
  1. Forsaken, deserted. "Your abandoned streams." Thomson.
  2. Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked ; as, an abandoned villain. Syn. -- Profligate; dissolute; corrupt; vicious; depraved; reprobate; wicked; unprincipled; graceless; vile. -- Abandoned, Profligate, Reprobate. These adjectives agree in expressing the idea of great personal depravity. Profligate has reference to open and shameless immoralities, either in private life or political conduct; as, a profligate court, a profligate ministry. Abandoned is stronger, and has reference to the searing of conscience and hardening of heart produced by a man's giving himself wholly up to iniquity; as, a man of abandoned character. Reprobate describes the condition of one who has become insensible to reproof, and who is morally abandoned and lost beyond hope of recovery.
    God gave them over to a reprobate mind. Rom. i. 28.

Webster 1913


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