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  • IPA(key): /əˈbændənɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: aban‧don‧ing



  1. present participle and gerund of abandon
    Many have been abandoning their homes due to the violence. (progressive)
    Their abandoning their homes means no tax revenues for the county. (gerund)
    An abandoning husband can be a precursor to bankruptcy. (participial adjective)


abandoning (plural abandonings)

  1. An act in which something or someone is abandoned; abandonment, neglect
    • 1842, Richard Oastler, The Fleet Papers, volume 2, page 306:
      Their sensuality— [] —their universal and insatiable lustings, and disgraceful abandonings of their unhappy victims— [] may not be credited by those who have not proof of such crimes.
    • 1985, Annette Baier, “Frankena and Hume on Points of View”, in Postures of the Mind, →ISBN, page 174:
      I [] owe the one who depends upon me the gentlest of abandonings, if I leave him.
    • 2003, Susan Peterson, The Craft and Art of Clay, 4th edition, →ISBN, page 315:
      We live in time and through it, we build our huts in its ruins and we cannot afford all these abandonings.