What does the word abandonment mean?

Usage examples for abandonment

  1. They much desired to obtain Sluy's, but they would not listen to the abandonment of Ostend. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  2. His strong frame was beginning to fill out, what with the abandonment of training for a year. – The Readjustment by Will Irwin
  3. He gathered her in his arms and kissed her again and again fiercely, but not with the abandonment which had frightened her before, and her heart turned heavy within her and she knew she loved him. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse