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abandon [ uh-ban-duhn ]
Main Entry: abandon
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: careless disregard for consequences
Synonyms: disregard, freedom, impulse, licentiousness, recklessness, spontaneity, thoughtlessness, uninhibitedness, unrestraint, wantonness, wildness
Antonyms: restraint, self-restraint
Main Entry: abandon
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: leave behind, relinquish
Synonyms: abdicate, back out, bail out, bow out, chicken out, cop out, cut loose, desert, discard, discontinue, ditch*, drop, drop out, duck*, dump*, dust*, flake out, fly the coop, give up the ship, kiss goodbye, leave, leg it, let go, opt out, pull out, quit, run out on, screw*, ship out, stop, storm out, surrender, take a powder, take a walk, throw over, vacate, walk out on, wash hands of, withdraw, yield
Antonyms: cherish, defend, keep, pursue, retain, support
Main Entry: abandon
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: leave in troubled state
Synonyms: back out, desert, disown, forsake, jilt, leave, leave behind, quit, reject, renounce, throw over, walk out on
Antonyms: adopt, assert, favor, uphold
Main Entry: abdicate
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: give up a right, position, or power
Synonyms: abandon, abjure, abnegate, bag it, bail out, cede, demit, drop, forgo, give up, leave, leave high and dry, leave holding the bag, leave in the lurch, opt out, quit, quitclaim, relinquish, renounce, resign, retire, sell out, step down, surrender, vacate, waive, withdraw, yield
Antonyms: assert, assume, challenge, claim, defend, defy, hold, maintain, remain, retain, treasure, usurp
Main Entry: back down
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: back off
Synonyms: abandon, accede, acquiesce, admit, back off, back out, back pedal, backtrack, balk, beg off, bow out, cancel, cave in, chicken out, chicken out, concede, cop out, demur, give ground, give in, give up, go back on, have no fight left, hold back, pull back, pull out, recant, recoil, renege, resign, retreat, submit, surrender, take back, wimp out, withdraw, withdraw from agreement or statement, yield
Antonyms: go forward
Main Entry: betray
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: be disloyal
Synonyms: abandon, be unfaithful, bite the hand that feeds you, blow the whistle, bluff, break faith, break promise, break trust, break with, commit treason, cross, deceive, deliver up, delude, desert, double-cross, finger*, forsake, go back on, inform against, inform on, jilt, knife*, let down, mislead, play Judas, play false, seduce, sell down the river, sell out, stab in the back, take in*, trick, turn in, turn informer, turn state's evidence, walk out on
Antonyms: be faithful, be loyal, defend, protect, support
Main Entry: break
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: stop an action
Synonyms: abandon, cut, discontinue, give up, interrupt, pause, rest, suspend
Antonyms: allow, cause
Main Entry: call off
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: discontinue
Synonyms: abandon, abort, break off, cancel, desist, drop, kill*, postpone, scrub, withdraw
Main Entry: chuck
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: throw aside, throw away, throw out
Synonyms: abandon, can, cast, desert, discard, ditch, eighty-six, eject, fire, fling, flip, forsake, give the heave ho, heave, hurl, jettison, junk, launch, pitch, quit, reject, relinquish, renounce, scrap, shed, shy, sling, slough, toss
Antonyms: keep
Main Entry: defect
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: break from belief, faith
Synonyms: abandon, abscond, apostatize, back out, break faith, change sides, depart, desert, fall away from, forsake, go, go back on, go over, go over the fence, lapse, leave, pull out, quit, rat, rebel, reject, renege, renounce, revolt, run out, schism, sell out, spurn, take a walk, tergiversate, tergiverse, turn, turn coat, walk out on, withdraw
Antonyms: come in, join
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