abandon-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: forsake, give up, leave behind

NOTE: Can be used metaphorically

We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot.
He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage.
The mother abandoned her husband and children.
Frightened people abandoned the house and fled to another.
As she sticks with that path, the fetters are abandoned, the obsessions destroyed.

VerbNet: leave-51.2
FrameNet: Departing
PropBank: abandon.01,abandon.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 3, 5

Sense Number 2: give up authority or control over

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 ABANDON NP2 PP{to NP}

The genie abandoned Gamali to his own fate.
Abandon your life to God.
He abandoned himself to his grief.
The young King abandoned himself entirely to pleasure.
He abandoned himself hopelessly to his mad and consuming passion for her.

PropBank: abandon.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2