Contraction of .
- (obsolete, transitive) To desist in practicing, using, or doing; to renounce. [attested only in the late 16th century]
- (obsolete, transitive) To desert; to forsake. [attested only in the late 16th century]
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Fairie Queene, Second Booke, Canto X., page 108:
Two brethren were their Capitaines, which hight
Hengiſt and Horſus, well approov’d in warre,
And both of them men of renowmed might;
Who making vantage of their civill iarre,
And of thoſe forreiners, which came from farre,
Grew great, and got large portions of land,
That in the Realme ere long they ſtronger arre,
Then they which ſought at firſt their helping hand,
And Vortiger enforc’t the kingdome to aband.
- “aband” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 2.
- Alternative form of
|Middle Irish mutation|
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possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.