abandoned

adjective
aban·​doned | \ ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio) \

Definition of abandoned

1a : left without needed protection, care, or support an abandoned baby … she … began to live in what she referred to as the straitened circumstances of an abandoned woman.— Richard Russo
b : left by the owner an abandoned car : left to fall into a state of disuse an abandoned field abandoned property an abandoned factory
c : no longer held or thought of : given up abandoned hopes/dreams
2 : wholly free from restraint The lower the beer dropped in the kegs, the more abandoned and frenzied the dancers became.— Don Asher … unless you can convince them that you are as abandoned a profligate as themselves.— George Bernard Shaw

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Examples of abandoned in a Sentence

He led a reckless and abandoned life and died young. she consciously avoided walking past the abandoned house, with its broken windows and sagging porch
Recent Examples on the Web Putin has often promised to support families with many children, but many feel abandoned. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "‘We feel absolutely abandoned’: How the pandemic in Russia tanked the economy and plunged families into crisis," 2 July 2020 At an abandoned construction site in the middle of a cornfield, a motorist stopped on the side of the road discovered a woman with her pants around her ankles, missing an arm. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 At an abandoned construction site in the middle of a cornfield, a motorist stopped on the side of the road discovered a woman with her pants around her ankles, missing an arm. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 At an abandoned construction site in the middle of a cornfield, a motorist stopped on the side of the road discovered a woman with her pants around her ankles, missing an arm. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 At an abandoned construction site in the middle of a cornfield, a motorist stopped on the side of the road discovered a woman with her pants around her ankles, missing an arm. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 At an abandoned construction site in the middle of a cornfield, a motorist stopped on the side of the road discovered a woman with her pants around her ankles, missing an arm. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 Lindamood also said that the home looked abandoned and in disrepair. David Williams, CNN, "A Texas demolition company accidentally tore down the wrong house," 26 Feb. 2020 State officials created the trail from an old, abandoned railroad line, a practice many local governments and nonprofits have adopted to brighten their communities. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of abandoned

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

History and Etymology for abandoned

Middle English, from past participle of abandounen "to abandon entry 1"

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The first known use of abandoned was in the 15th century

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14 Jul 2020

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“Abandoned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abandoned. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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abandoned

adjective
aban·​doned | \ ə-ˈban-dənd How to pronounce abandoned (audio) \

Kids Definition of abandoned

: given up : left empty or unused abandoned houses

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