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abandon

v. to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert, or relinquish all interest or ownership in property, a home or other premises, a right of way, and even a spouse, family, or children. The word is often used in situations to determine whether a tenant has left his/her apartment and the property inside and does not intend to come back. Thus, a landlord can take over an apparently abandoned residence, but must store the things a tenant leaves behind and give notice to the tenant before selling the possessions which are left. To abandon children can mean to have no contact and give no support for a year or more. (See: abandonment, abandoned property)

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As the brigantine started to founder, the crew abandoned ship as the risk of it capsizing on to the rafts became too great.
Briton Phil Metcalf, whose daughter Rose was a dancer on the liner and was one of the last people off the vessel, said she told him Schettino abandoned ship in the early stages of the evacuation.
The captain and chief officer remained on board for several hours, with the ship listing badly at 30 degrees, before they also abandoned ship.
The five crew of the Barraregistered Laurel abandoned ship in a small liferaft.
MORE misery was piled on online bank Egg yesterday as a major investor abandoned ship.
It was en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to South Africa when her 26 crew members abandoned ship.
The crew abandoned ship onto a liferaft before the vessel sank at 11.15 on Wednesday night.
Craig Duffy spent 45 minutes in the water outside Stornoway harbour after he and his two crewmates abandoned ship. The Stornoway lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter had responded to the Audacious's Mayday early yesterday.
Passengers on the Russian cruise liner which sparked a pounds 500,000 rescue drama have finally abandoned ship.
He said: 'In the last two years NIMASA has taken steps in the Maritime sector which are unprecedented, and one area that the Agency led by the Dr Peterside has focused on is identifying the dangers posed by the presence of thousands of abandoned ships along the Nigerian waterways, which also have a lot of negative environmental implication for the country'.