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  • Noun




Walking barefoot in the rain seemed like an act of carefree abandon after studying in the library all day. With uncharacteristic abandon, Serena swung her sandals in her hand as she walked through puddles and allowed the rain to wash over her. Acting with such abandon was unlike her on a normal, working day, and she enjoyed the rare sense of freedom it brought.

Quiz: What does abandon mean?

  • Loneliness that lasts a long time.
  • Excitement about a new challenge.
  • Freedom from staying in control.

Memory Hook

Abandon A Band On Harry's parents didn't like it when he listened to his favorite loud band. They reasoned that when Harry's band was on, he was acting both literally with a band on, and henceforth with abandon, because they had instructed him not to do so.


  • Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. — Brooke McEldowney Brooke mceldowney
  • They would hit only 67 home runs as a team that year. But with Whitey Herzog pushing hard, they ran with wild abandon. —Sports Illustrated
  • D.O.G. taught me a lesson that I think of daily: Engage in life with near abandon, do not dwell on yesterday or tomorrow, and most important, go ahead and chase that ball out into the road. —Men's Health
  • Zurn might have been in terrible emotional pain — she made most of her drawings during hospital stays — but the feeling is more of happy abandon than of fear or depression. —The New York Times

Word Ingredients

a- to, towards, at
bandon control

The idea here is that, when one acts with abandon, one is no longer personally in control, but one’s rational mind is towards or at the control of something else.

Word Theater

Flight of the Conchords Dancing with complete abandon.

Word Constellation


Word Variants

abandon v leave behind
abandonment n exuberance; total surrender of personal constraints