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uh ban duhn

  • n  the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    she danced with abandon
  • n  a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
  • v  forsake, leave behind
    We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot
  • v  give up with the intent of never claiming again
  • v  leave behind empty; move out of
  • v  stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage
  • v  leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

  • Michael Foale was a newcomer aboard the Space Station Mir last June when he got the order to prepare to abandon ship.
  • He would go on to give us a few great things, and a few near great things, but eventually he would abandon himself, as every tabloid reader knows, to suet and sulks, self-loathing and self-parody.
  • Long seen as a committed atheist, four years ago the best-selling author drove a stake through the hearts of her followers when she vowed to abandon her sinister stories and instead write only of the Lord.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Forbes
    The president would have us believe there are two choices: keep all of our troops in Iraq or abandon these Iraqis,Obama said. "I reject this choice."
  • Ehud Barak in USA Today
    I don't want to disillusion anybody and residents of the south will go through difficult days,Barak said. "We do not seek war but we will not abandon our citizens to the ongoing Hamas attacks."
  • John McCain in ABC News
    One the other hand, she now opposes it -- sort of. On the one hand, she wants a firm deadline for retreat, but on the other hand, she says we cannot abandon the nation to Iran's designs,McCain said.

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