abandon verb

1 leave sb/sth

ADV. hastily The village had been hastily abandoned.

PHRASES be found/left abandoned The car was found abandoned in a nearby town.

2 stop doing/supporting sth

ADV. altogether, completely, entirely, totally The government does not propose to abandon the project altogether. | effectively, largely, virtually This principle has now been effectively abandoned. | simply Traditional policies were simply abandoned. | formally | quickly | quietly The plans for reform were quietly abandoned. | temporarily | voluntarily

VERB + ABANDON be forced to | decide to

PREP. for He abandoned the army for politics. | in favour of She abandoned teaching career in favour of sport.