Abandon and Hold


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Abandon verb – To cause to remain behind.
Usage example: abandoned the group that he had been hiking with and struck out on his own

Hold is an antonym for abandon in topics: give up, relinquish.
Nearby Words: abandoned, abandonment, abandoning
Antonyms for Abandon


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Hold verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: she, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest

Abandon is an antonym for hold in topics: believe, support, function, continue, grasp.
Nearby Words: holding, holder, holdback
Antonyms for Hold
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How words are described

high high abandon high hold
complete complete abandon complete hold
new new abandon new hold

Common collocations

party abandon party hold party
power abandon power hold power
people abandon people hold people
job abandon job hold job
Other nouns: position, body, way, world, sword, positions.

Both words in one sentence

  • He was forced to abandon Didiao because he no longer had the forces to hold the city.
  • The Americans successfully hold Firebase Gloria, albeit with heavy losses, but are ordered to abandon the firebase because the dynamic situation of the Tet Offensive has made it untenable.
  • Ahab's desire for revenge is contrasted against another captain who lost a limb to the same whale, but doesn't hold it against him, and asks Ahab to abandon his chase of Moby Dick.
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Hold and Abandon. (2016). Retrieved 2021, April 12, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/abandon/hold
Abandon & Hold. N.p., 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2021. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/abandon/hold>.
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