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Lack of restraint; the quality of being unrestrained.
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  1. Lack of restraint; the quality of being unrestrained.
  2. Lack of or freedom from restraint.
Spontaneous behavior, movement, action, etc.
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  1. Spontaneous behavior, movement, action, etc.
  2. (Biology) The tendency to undergo change, characteristic of both animal and vegetable organisms, and not restrained or checked by the environment.
  3. Spontaneous behavior, impulse, or movement.
Exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; liberty; independence
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  1. Exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; liberty; independence
  2. The condition of being free of restraints, especially the ability to act without control or interference by another or by circumstance:
  3. The condition of not being constrained or restricted in a specific aspect of life by a government or other power:
An impetuous act.
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  1. An impetuous act.
  2. The quality or condition of being impetuous.
  3. An impetuous action or feeling
An instance of this; esp., action or speech showing high spirits
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  1. An instance of this; esp., action or speech showing high spirits
  2. An exuberant act, expression, or display:
  3. The state or quality of being exuberant; great abundance; luxuriance
The Holy Spirit.
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  1. The Holy Spirit.
  2. Strong loyalty or dedication:
  3. An attitude marked by enthusiasm, energy, or courage:
Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition:
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  1. Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition:
  2. Spirit, energy
  3. Exuberant enthusiasm; spirit, dash, etc.
Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
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  1. Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
  2. Religious fanaticism.
  3. (Archaic) Ecstasy arising from supposed possession by a god.
Striking or showy appearance or display
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  1. Striking or showy appearance or display
  2. Either of two marks (— or –), used in printing and writing to indicate a break in sentence structure or a parenthetical element, or to connect numbers showing a range of dates, times, etc.
  3. A sudden, swift movement; rush
Active or healthy growth
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  1. Active or healthy growth
  2. The capacity for natural growth and survival, as of plants or animals.
  3. Effective legal or binding force; validity
Images or special effects created through animation.
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  1. Images or special effects created through animation.
  2. The art or process of making movies with drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of static objects, including all techniques other than the continuous filming of live-action images.
  3. The act, process, or result of imparting life, interest, spirit, motion, or activity.
The state or quality of being reckless or heedless, of taking unnecessary risks.
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  1. The state or quality of being reckless or heedless, of taking unnecessary risks.
To let go (a grasp, hold, etc.)
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  1. To let go (a grasp, hold, etc.)
  2. To give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
  3. To give up or abandon (control of something or a claim, for example).
(Intransitive)
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  1. (Intransitive)
  2. (Idiomatic) to omit
  3. (Informal) To desist; to cease.
(Law) To agree to dismiss (an action).
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  1. (Law) To agree to dismiss (an action).
  2. To interrupt the continuance of; to put an end to, especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.
  3. To stop using, doing, etc.; cease; give up
To resign from or leave a job.
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  1. To resign from or leave a job.
  2. To give up one's position of employment; resign
  3. To stop, discontinue, or resign from
  1. To quit, to abandon.
  2. (Intransitive) To stop.
  3. (Now rare) To give up, hand over, surrender (something).
To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
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  1. To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
  2. To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping
(Euphemistic) To fail to maintain a standard of appearance, behavior, or performance.
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  1. (Euphemistic) To fail to maintain a standard of appearance, behavior, or performance.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see let,‎ go.
  3. (Euphemistic, usually reflexively) To gain weight
To put an end to; discontinue:
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  1. To put an end to; discontinue:
  2. To stop performing an activity or action; desist:
  3. To come to an end; stop:
To cease doing something.
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  1. To cease doing something.
  2. (Intransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
  3. To cease (from an action); stop; abstain
To give up (a claim, right, belief, etc.), usually by a formal public statement
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  1. To give up (a claim, right, belief, etc.), usually by a formal public statement
  2. To give up (a title or possession, for example), especially by formal announcement.
  3. To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something):
To let pass, to leave alone
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  1. To let pass, to leave alone
  2. (Obs.) To go past
  3. To do without; abstain from; give up
To renounce or deny something, especially under oath.
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  1. To renounce or deny something, especially under oath.
  2. To renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up
  3. To decide or declare that one will not or will no longer use or be associated with (something):
To play (a card not a trump and not in the suit led) when holding no cards in the suit led
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  1. To play (a card not a trump and not in the suit led) when holding no cards in the suit led
  2. To throw out (a playing card) from one's hand.
  3. To throw away, abandon, or get rid of as no longer valuable or useful
(Idiomatic) To relinquish control or possession of something to someone.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To relinquish control or possession of something to someone.
To willingly let go of; to give up; to relinquish.
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To give up claim to; give over or yield, esp. voluntarily, as in favor of another
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  1. To give up claim to; give over or yield, esp. voluntarily, as in favor of another
  2. To give oneself up to another's power or control, esp. as a prisoner
  3. To give up or abandon:
To subject to seizure as a forfeit.
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  1. To subject to seizure as a forfeit.
  2. To lose, give up, or be deprived of as a forfeit for some crime, fault, etc.
  3. To lose or give up (something) on account of an offense, error, or failure to fulfill an agreement:
To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
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  1. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
  2. To give up one's place, as to one that is superior:
  3. To give up under pressure; surrender
To give birth to a child
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  1. To give birth to a child
  2. To give forth or produce:
  3. (Informal) To cause (votes, a political delegation, etc.) to go to the support of a particular candidate or cause
To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
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  1. To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
  2. To yield; grant:
  3. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield.
To yield or grant (a privilege or right, for example).
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  1. To yield or grant (a privilege or right, for example).
  2. To acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true, just, or proper; admit:
  3. (--- Sports) To allow (a goal or point, for example) to be scored by the opposing team or player.
To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule, penalty, or requirement, for example); dispense with:
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  1. To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule, penalty, or requirement, for example); dispense with:
  2. (Law) To forgo or relinquish voluntarily (a right, privilege, claim, etc. which one is legally entitled to enforce)
  3. (Law) To relinquish (a right etc.); to give up claim to; to forego.
To surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.)
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  1. To surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.)
  2. To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
  3. To give up formally (a high office, throne, authority, etc.)
To sign again; to provide one's signature again.
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  1. To sign again; to provide one's signature again.
  2. To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable:
  3. To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
To decline to accept responsibility or to warranty.
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  1. To decline to accept responsibility or to warranty.
  2. To give up or renounce any claim to or connection with
  3. To refuse to acknowledge or admit; deny; repudiate
(Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
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  1. (Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see break,‎ with.
  3. To cease having a positive connection with (a person, group, movement, etc).
To lessen the force or effect of:
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  1. To lessen the force or effect of:
  2. To fail to conform to; violate:
  3. To cause to give up a habit:
(Informal) To get rid of or eliminate (something unneeded, unwanted, or problematic)
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  1. (Informal) To get rid of or eliminate (something unneeded, unwanted, or problematic)
  2. To pass into a specified state, esp. into a less active or less desirable one
  3. To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
(Idiomatic) To resign, or leave, with one's credibility still intact.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To resign, or leave, with one's credibility still intact.
To abandon one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
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  1. To abandon one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
  2. To become an apostate
  3. To give up or renounce one's position or belief.
To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
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  1. To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
  2. To transfer (one's interest in property) without warranty as to the extent of ownership on the part of the seller.
  3. To give up a claim or title to, esp. by a quitclaim deed
To throw with a quick, short movement; pitch; toss
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  1. To throw with a quick, short movement; pitch; toss
  2. (Slang) To discard; get rid of
  3. (Informal) To give up; quit:
(Idiomatic) To quit; to give up.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To quit; to give up.
Alternative form of throw in the towel.
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  1. Alternative form of throw in the towel.
(Idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.
A large, dry, barren region, usually having sandy or rocky soil and little or no vegetation. Water lost to evaporation and transpiration in a desert exceeds the amount of precipitation; most deserts average less than 25 cm (9.75 inches) of precipitation each year, concentrated in short local bursts. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface, with the principal warm deserts located mainly along the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where warm, rising equatorial air masses that have already lost most of their moisture descend over the subtropical regions. Cool deserts are located at higher elevations in the temperate regions, often on the lee side of a barrier mountain range where the prevailing winds drop their moisture before crossing the range.
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  1. A large, dry, barren region, usually having sandy or rocky soil and little or no vegetation. Water lost to evaporation and transpiration in a desert exceeds the amount of precipitation; most deserts average less than 25 cm (9.75 inches) of precipitation each year, concentrated in short local bursts. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface, with the principal warm deserts located mainly along the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where warm, rising equatorial air masses that have already lost most of their moisture descend over the subtropical regions. Cool deserts are located at higher elevations in the temperate regions, often on the lee side of a barrier mountain range where the prevailing winds drop their moisture before crossing the range.
  2. To forsake one's duty or post, especially to be absent without leave from the armed forces with no intention of returning.
  3. To leave empty or alone; abandon.
To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce:
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  1. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce:
  2. To leave altogether; abandon:
  3. To leave; abandon
To go without taking or removing:
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  1. To go without taking or removing:
  2. To give over to another to control or act on:
  3. To set out or depart; go:
To stop, discontinue, or resign from
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  1. To stop, discontinue, or resign from
  2. To abandon an activity out of frustration or despair; give up:
  3. To depart from; leave:
  1. To flee by running
  2. To leave home, or other place of residence, usually unannounced, or to make good on a threat, with such action usually performed by a child or juvenile.
(Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
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  1. (Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
  2. To cease having a positive connection with (a person, group, movement, etc).
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see break,‎ with.
To forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition
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  1. To forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition
  2. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group:
  3. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another:
To pass over or skip from (a record set by a record changer) without playing
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  1. To pass over or skip from (a record set by a record changer) without playing
  2. To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
  3. To refuse to take, agree to, accede to, use, believe, etc.
To refuse to acknowledge as one's own; repudiate; cast off
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  1. To refuse to acknowledge as one's own; repudiate; cast off
  2. To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate.
  3. To refuse to own or to refuse to acknowledge one’s own.
To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece.
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  1. To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece.
  2. To exclude from a group or society:
  3. To banish, bar, exclude, etc. by ostracism
To put (a person) ashore in some desolate place, as a desert island, and abandon that person there, as pirates or mutineers sometimes did
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  1. To put (a person) ashore in some desolate place, as a desert island, and abandon that person there, as pirates or mutineers sometimes did
  2. To abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape:
  3. To leave abandoned, isolated, or helpless
To drive or run (a boat, for example) ashore or aground.
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  1. To drive or run (a boat, for example) ashore or aground.
  2. To break a strand or strands of (a rope, etc.)
  3. To bring into or leave in a difficult or helpless position:
To run away, as from trouble or danger:
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  1. To run away, as from trouble or danger:
  2. To run away or try to escape from
  3. To move rapidly; go swiftly
To leave a lodging, place, job, or position.
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  1. To leave a lodging, place, job, or position.
  2. To physically leave, as in “to vacate the building. See also abandonment and overrule.
  3. To leave (a house, room, etc.) uninhabited or untenanted; give up the occupancy of
To excrete or discharge waste matter from (the bowel, for example).
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  1. To excrete or discharge waste matter from (the bowel, for example).
  2. To give up military occupation of; withdraw from
  3. To empty or remove (fluid, for example) from a closed space or container.
To discard (something) as useless or a burden
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  1. To discard (something) as useless or a burden
  2. (Informal) To discard (something) as unwanted or burdensome:
  3. To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective; discard.
To abandon or desert someone, especially a spouse
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  1. To abandon or desert someone, especially a spouse
To leave a partner suddenly and without prior warning.
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  1. To leave a partner suddenly and without prior warning.
(Idiomatic, US, colloquial) To leave in a hurry; run away; scram; depart without taking leave or notifying anyone, often with a connotation of avoiding something unpleasant or shirking responsibility.
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  1. (Idiomatic, US, colloquial) To leave in a hurry; run away; scram; depart without taking leave or notifying anyone, often with a connotation of avoiding something unpleasant or shirking responsibility.
To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing; gulp.
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  1. To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing; gulp.
  2. To say suddenly or unexpectedly; blurt (out)
  3. To start suddenly and run away:
(Idiomatic) To rescue, especially financially.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To rescue, especially financially.
  2. To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail money.
  3. (Intransitive, idiomatic, slang, with of) To leave (not attend at all) a place or a situation, especially quickly or when the situation has become undesirable.
(Idiomatic) To turn away from someone or something, in preparation for running away; to reverse direction; to leave or flee.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To turn away from someone or something, in preparation for running away; to reverse direction; to leave or flee.
To come to an end or to nothing
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  1. To come to an end or to nothing
  2. (Informal) To get rid of or eliminate (something unneeded, unwanted, or problematic)
  3. To leave out (a letter, for example) in speaking or writing.
To discontinue use of or association with:
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  1. To discontinue use of or association with:
  2. To cause (a car, wagon, etc.) to go into a ditch
  3. To get away from (a person, especially a companion).
To forsake (someone or something that one ought not to leave); abandon
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  1. To forsake (someone or something that one ought not to leave); abandon
  2. To forsake one's duty or post, especially to be absent without leave from the armed forces with no intention of returning.
  3. To leave empty or alone; abandon.
To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce:
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  1. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce:
  2. To leave altogether; abandon:
  3. To leave; abandon
To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence:
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  1. To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence:
  2. To abandon or forsake:
  3. To set out or depart; go:
To give up or stop trying, as in discouragement
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  1. To give up or stop trying, as in discouragement
  2. To abandon an activity out of frustration or despair; give up:
  3. To depart from; leave:
To surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.)
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  1. To surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.)
  2. To give up formally (a high office, throne, authority, etc.)
  3. To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
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  1. To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
  2. To yield; grant:
  3. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield.
(Archaic) To dismiss
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  1. (Archaic) To dismiss
  2. To give up an office or position; resign.
  3. To resign
To swear falsely; commit perjury
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  1. To swear falsely; commit perjury
  2. To decide or declare that one will not or will no longer engage in (an activity or habit, for example):
  3. To renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up
(Idiomatic) To relinquish control or possession of something to someone.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To relinquish control or possession of something to someone.
To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
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  1. To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
  2. To transfer (one's interest in property) without warranty as to the extent of ownership on the part of the seller.
  3. To give up a claim or title to, esp. by a quitclaim deed
To cease holding physically; release:
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  1. To cease holding physically; release:
  2. To give up or abandon (control of something or a claim, for example).
  3. To give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
To formally announce a verdict, either by announcing it in court or by filing a memorandum with the clerk; to deliver or transmit; to pay (render an account); to provide (render a service). To formally announce a verdict, either by announcing it in court or by filing a memorandum with the clerk; to deliver or transmit; to pay (render an account); to provide (render a service).
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  1. To formally announce a verdict, either by announcing it in court or by filing a memorandum with the clerk; to deliver or transmit; to pay (render an account); to provide (render a service). To formally announce a verdict, either by announcing it in court or by filing a memorandum with the clerk; to deliver or transmit; to pay (render an account); to provide (render a service).
  2. To give in return or by obligation:
  3. To deliver or pronounce formally:
To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something):
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  1. To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something):
  2. To disclaim one's association with (a person or country, for example).
  3. To formally give up title to; to abandon (renounce title); to decline recognition of (renounce one’s duty to serve). To formally give up title to; to abandon (renounce title); to decline recognition of (renounce one’s duty to serve).
To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable:
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  1. To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable:
  2. To sign again; to provide one's signature again.
  3. To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
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  1. To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
  2. To give up or abandon:
  3. (Law) To effectuate a surrender of.
To refrain from engaging in, sometimes temporarily; cancel or postpone:
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  1. To refrain from engaging in, sometimes temporarily; cancel or postpone:
  2. (Law) To relinquish (a right etc.); to give up claim to; to forego.
  3. To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule, penalty, or requirement, for example); dispense with:
To produce or bear
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  1. To produce or bear
  2. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
  3. To give up, as in defeat; surrender or submit.
To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
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  1. To surrender possession of, especially by treaty.
  2. To yield; grant:
  3. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield. To assign; give up; relinquish; surrender; transfer; yield.
To let pass, to leave alone
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  1. To let pass, to leave alone
  2. To do without, to abandon
  3. To do without; abstain from; give up
To cease holding physically; release:
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  1. To cease holding physically; release:
  2. To give up or abandon (control of something or a claim, for example).
  3. To give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
To give up or abandon:
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  1. To give up or abandon:
  2. To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
  3. (Law) To effectuate a surrender of.
To produce
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  1. To produce
  2. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
  3. To give up, as in defeat; surrender or submit.
To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping
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  1. To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping
  2. To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
To cease doing something.
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  1. To cease doing something.
  2. (Intransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
  3. To cease (from an action); stop; abstain
To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
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  1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
  2. To interrupt the continuance of; to put an end to, especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.
  3. To stop using, doing, etc.; cease; give up
(Intransitive)
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  1. (Intransitive)
  2. (Idiomatic) to omit
  3. (Informal) To desist; to cease.
To cease or discontinue:
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  1. To cease or discontinue:
  2. To give up or stop trying, as in discouragement
  3. To stop, discontinue, or resign from
To give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
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  1. To give up; abandon (a plan, policy, etc.)
  2. To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended); stop doing or adhering to.
  3. To let go (a grasp, hold, etc.)
To put back, as into a state or position
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  1. To put back, as into a state or position
  2. (Obs.) To give up; surrender
  3. To let slacken; decrease
To be able to go no further; come to an end
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  1. To be able to go no further; come to an end
  2. To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off:
  3. To prevent the flow or passage of:
(Idiomatic) To quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as of a bad habit.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as of a bad habit.
To devote or resign to a particular purpose or activity; to yield completely.
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  1. To devote or resign to a particular purpose or activity; to yield completely.
  2. (Now rare) To give up, hand over, surrender (something).
  3. To quit, to abandon.
To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
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  1. To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
  2. To give up or abandon:
  3. (Law) To effectuate a surrender of.
The act of abandoning property or a right with no intent of reclaiming it or of later giving it away or selling it. See also forfeiture, relinquishment, renunciation, surrender, and waiver.
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  1. The act of abandoning property or a right with no intent of reclaiming it or of later giving it away or selling it. See also forfeiture, relinquishment, renunciation, surrender, and waiver.
The quality or state of being incontinent.
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  1. The quality or state of being incontinent.
Lack of restraint; the quality of being unrestrained.
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  1. Lack of restraint; the quality of being unrestrained.
  2. Lack of or freedom from restraint.
(Countable, dated) A particular wanton act.
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  1. (Countable, dated) A particular wanton act.
  2. (Uncountable) The state or characteristic of being wanton; recklessness, especially as represented in lascivious or other excessive behavior.
The quality of being wild or untamed
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Synonym Study

  • Quit , meaning to leave or give up I quit my job, is also commonly used now simply to mean stop
  • Forsake stresses renouncing a person or thing formerly dear to one to forsake one's friends or ideals
  • Desert emphasizes leaving in willful violation, as of one's obligation or oath the soldier deserted his post
  • Abandon implies leaving a person or thing, either as a final, necessary measure to abandon a drought area or as a complete rejection of one's responsibilities, claims, etc. she abandoned her child
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