• (RP) IPA: /əˈbæn.dn̩.mn̩t/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbæn.dn̩.mn̩t/


  1. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.]
  2. The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
    Since he left her, she's suing him for divorce on grounds of abandonment.
  3. An abandoned building or structure.
    High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.
  4. (legal) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege; relinquishment of right to secure a patent by an inventor; relinquishment of copyright by an author. [Early 19th century.]
  5. (legal) The relinquishment by the insured to the underwriters of what may remain of the property insured after a loss or damage by a peril insured against. [Early 19th century.]
  6. The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
  7. A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
  8. The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.]
  9. Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.]
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  • Italian: rinuncia
  • Russian: абандо́н
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  • Italian: abbandono
  • Russian: оставле́ние
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