|1.||to forsake completely; desert; leave behind: to abandon a baby; drivers had to abandon their cars|
|2.||abandon ship the order given to the crew of a ship that is about to sink to take to the lifeboats|
|3.||to give up completely: to abandon a habit; to abandon hope|
|4.||to yield control of or concern in; relinquish: to abandon office|
|5.||to give up (something begun) before completion: to abandon a job; the game was abandoned|
|6.||to surrender (oneself) to emotion without restraint|
|7.||to give (insured property that has suffered partial loss or damage) to the insurers in order that a claim for a total loss may be made|
|8.||freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worry: she danced with abandon|
|[C14: abandounen (vb), from Old French, from a bandon under one's control, in one's power, from a at, to + bandon control, power]|
in Anglo-American property law, the relinquishment of possession of property with an intent to terminate all ownership interests in that property. Abandonment may occur by throwing away the property, by losing it and making no attempt to retrieve it, by vacating the property with no intention of returning to it, or by any other act manifesting a complete disclaimer of ownership in the property. The general effect of abandonment is to give full ownership of the property to the first taker.
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