A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease. To give something up or to surrender it or forsake it with the intent to never use it again. To abandon something requires both an intent and an act. The word meant to proclaim, put under a ban, put under control; hence, to compel, subject, or to leave in the control of another, and hence, to give up. To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject. To give up absolutely; to forsake entirely; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender.
- Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; - often in a bad sense. He abandoned himself to his favorite vice.
- In Maritime Law: To relinquish all claim to; - used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against.
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