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Synonyms for Abandon

forsake, quit, resign, abdicate, cede, give up, relinquish, desert, surrender 

Synonyms for abandon are many and they are used in a variety of ways.

Abandon is a word of wide signification, applying to persons or things of any kind.

To abdicate and resign apply to office, authority, or power.

Cede usually applies to territorial possessions while surrender especially applies to military force, and more generally to any demand, claim, or passion.

Quit carries an idea of suddenness or abruptness not necessarily implied in abandon, and may not have the same suggestion of finality. The king abdicates his throne, cedes his territory, deserts his followers, renounces his religion, relinquishes his titles, abandons his designs.

A cowardly ship's captain deserts his ship; the helpless passengers abandon it.

We quit business, give up property, resign office, abandon a habit or a trust.

Relinquish commonly implies reluctance; the fainting hand relinquishes its grasp; the creditor relinquishes his claim.

Synonyms for abandon typically imply previous association with responsibility for or control of something; forsake implies previous association with inclination or attachment, real or assumed; a man may abandon or forsake house or friends; he abandons an enterprise; forsakes God.

Synoynms for Abandon are applied to both good and evil actions; a thief abandons his designs, a man his principles. Forsake, like abandon, may be used either in the favorable or unfavorable sense; desert is always unfavorable, involving a breach of duty, except when used of mere localities; as, "the Deserted Village."

While a monarch abdicates, a president or other elected or appointed officer resigns. It was believed that James II. abdicated his throne by deserting it.

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Antonyms for Abandon

adopt, defend, occupy, seek, advocate, favor, prosecute, support, assert, haunt, protect, undertake, cherish, hold, pursue, uphold, claim, keep, retain, vindicate, court, maintain

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