Definition of abandonment in US English:



  • The action or fact of abandoning or being abandoned.

    ‘she had a feeling of utter abandonment and loneliness’
    • ‘More conservative critics found the root of his decline in his abandonment of religious faith.’
    • ‘He was rejected and outcast, and like Job, accepted his suffering and abandonment.’
    • ‘Expediency often involves the abandonment of war's more high-sounding objectives.’
    • ‘The meeting may be the only National Hunt racing in Britain this weekend, with abandonments likely elsewhere due to the weather.’
    • ‘With the economic collapse came the abandonment of hundreds of businesses by their owners.’
    desertion, neglect, stranding
    disuse, evacuation, neglect
    renunciation, relinquishment, rejection, withdrawal, dropping, cessation, discontinuation, termination, stopping, surrender, dispensation
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