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abandon ( vt )

1 :to give up with the intent of never again asserting or claiming an interest in (a right or property)

2 :to disassociate oneself from or forsake in spite of a duty or responsibility to [⁓ one's child]

3 :to renounce one's obligations and rights under [⁓ a contract]

4 :to fail purposely to bring to completion or fruition [⁓ a crime] [⁓ a lawsuit]

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