Definition of abandoned in US English:



  • 1Having been deserted or cast off.

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

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