- verb to leave someone or something in an unkind way
- verb to leave somewhere for ever
- verb to give up or stop doing something
- verb to leave someone or something without help
- verb to leave a vehicle or ship (usually for reasons of safety)
Origin & History of “abandon”
The Old French verb abandoner is the source of abandon. It was based on a bandon, meaning literally ‘under control or jurisdiction’, which was used in the phrase mettre a bandon ‘put someone under someone else’s control’ – hence ‘abandon them’. The word bandon came, in altered form, from Latin bannum ‘proclamation’, which is circuitously related to English banns ‘proclamation of marriage’ and is an ancestor of contraband.