Definition of abandoned in English:



  • 1Having been deserted or left.

    ‘an abandoned car’
    ‘abandoned pets’
    • ‘The next program was about the good dog catchers in NYC - they are a division of the ASPCA - who rescue abused and abandoned pets.’
    • ‘Her story begins more than 40 years in the past, when a 9-year-old boy delivers an abandoned baby to the doorstep of a beauty shop.’
    • ‘An unexpected Christmas present in the form of an abandoned boy was left on the President's doorstep on Sunday.’
    • ‘They say they have picked up more than 900 abandoned pets, since the storm ended.’
    • ‘Anyone who finds an abandoned pet can call the RSPCA.’
    • ‘And who could be more helpless than a child - alone, abandoned, unbelieved - pursued in the dark by a murderer?’
    • ‘Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned household pets.’
    • ‘In his book, Oliver James uses the damage done to abandoned children raised by wild animals to prove the importance of total parenting.’
    • ‘She chose another and I felt abandoned after all.’
    • ‘Search teams are tonight stepping up their efforts to rescue abandoned pets in New Orleans as well.’
    • ‘While eating dinner at a noodle stand, he encounters an abandoned baby boy.’
    • ‘The Evening Telegraph featured a dozen cases of abandoned and unwanted pets in the week before Christmas in a bid to ease the pressure on the RSPCA following the festive period.’
    • ‘The proposal for a refuge, while well-intentioned, is not the solution to the problem of unwanted, abandoned pet reptiles.’
    • ‘There are still many thousands of lost or abandoned pets in need of rescue in the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.’
    • ‘In the first, a young peasant woman desperately fights to protect an abandoned baby boy she's taken under her wing.’
    • ‘More than 2,500 neglected, unwanted or abandoned exotic pets were seized by inspectors last year.’
    • ‘Some are abandoned pets; others were born on the streets.’
    • ‘This boa constrictor was found on a local bus… one of a growing number of abandoned exotic pets the RSPCA has to deal with.’
    • ‘An American government advisor kept abandoned deer, squirrels and even a bear as pets on the grounds of his manor.’
    deserted, forsaken, cast aside, cast off
    unused, disused, neglected, idle
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  • 2Unrestrained; uninhibited.

    ‘a wild, abandoned dance’
    • ‘I had enough gin in me to play along in unabashed, abandoned delight.’
    • ‘We saw nothing less than wicked, abandoned delight in each other's eyes.’
    • ‘Many of them clearly enjoyed a traditional expatriate life of abandoned debauchery.’
    • ‘I'd like to propose a toast to unfettered, abandoned appetite.’
    • ‘I remember downing a great deal of vodka and dancing in a rather abandoned fashion.’
    • ‘I'm attracted to photography for its voyeuristic quality, and I approach the subject in an abandoned, playful, intuitive way.’
    • ‘Trinbagonians hit the streets at 1am for Jouvert, a small-hours celebration that sees the capital erupt with abandoned sensuality.’
    uninhibited, reckless, unrestrained, unruly, wild, unbridled, impulsive, impetuous
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