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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
Oliver Goldsmith
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English

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Etymology 1

From Old French abandoner, formed from à + bandon (jurisdiction, control), from Mediaeval Latin bannum (proclamation), from Frankish *ban, from Proto-Germanic *bannan (proclaim, command) ( > English ban), from Proto-Indo-European *bha- (to speak).

Verb

Infinitive
to abandon

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to abandon (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To give up control of, to surrender.
    • Hope was overthrown, yet could not be abandoned. — I. Taylor
  2. (transitive) To leave behind, to desert.
    Many baby girls have been abandoned on the streets of Beijing everyday.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
    • 1594: Being all this time abandoned from your bed. — Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
  4. (transitive) To relinquish a claim to property to underwriters.
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Etymology 2

From French abandon, from abondonner.

Noun

Singular
abandon

Plural
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  1. A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
Like a young child, he started rummaging through that with reckless abandon.
"They needed to have an abandon in their performance that you just can’t get out of people in the middle of the night when they’re barefoot."
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Shorthand

Versions Anniversary, Pre-Anniversary: a - b - a - nd

French

Pronunciation

Noun

abandon m.

  1. surrender
  2. abandonment
  3. neglect

Romanian

Etymology

French abandon.

Noun

abandon n. (uncountable)

  1. abandonment
  2. renouncement

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