…behind the word

Origin of the word: ABANDON

Abandon /verb/ (English): 1325-1375

> In another languages:

With the same roots:

  • Abandonar (Español)
  • Abandonar (Português)
  • Abandonner (Français)
  • Abbandonare (Italiano)

With another roots:

  • Verlassen (Deutsch): ver- (out) + lassen (to leave).

> From:

  • Old French (mettre) a bandon: (mettre [put]) + a (to, under) + bandon (jurisdiction, power).

The Old French word bandon, as well as the English word ban, was related to:

  • Old English bannan: to summon by proclamation; to proclaim.
  • Old High German bannan: to command.
  • Old Norse banna: to forbid.
  • Lat. bannum: decree, proclamation, edict.
  • Gr. φάναι (‘pha·nai): to say.

> Meaning:

  • Present: To leave a place, thing or person forever; to stop doing an activity before you have finished it (Cambridge Dictionary). Give up completely; cease to support or look after, desert; allow oneself to indulge in (Oxford Dictionary).
  • Original: To give up to a public ban.
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