Middle French abandoner for Old French (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction, equivalent. to a at, to (
Middle English abando(u)nen 1325–75
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See desert2.
2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedAbandon,relinquish,renounce mean to give up all concern in something. Abandon means to give up or discontinue any further interest in something because of discouragement, weariness, distaste, or the like:to abandon one's efforts.Relinquish implies being or feeling compelled to give up something one would prefer to keep:to relinquish a long-cherished desire.Renounce implies making (and perhaps formally stating) a voluntary decision to give something up:to renounce worldly pleasures.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged yield, surrender, resign, waive, abdicate.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged keep.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged continue; begin, start.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged retain.
a•ban•don2(ə ban′dən),USA pronunciationn.
a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from inhibition or conventionality:to dance with reckless abandon.
French, noun, nominal derivative of abandonner to abandon1