v. to desolate or forsake. It denotes giving up of one’s legal authority over something by free will, like giving away a claim to property. It is used in multiple contexts, for example 1.) in property disputes it means to leave behind one’s legally owned movable or immovable property for a long period. 2.) it may be in the context of a man or a woman leaving his/her child after birth, or spouse while still being in marriage. 3.) when it comes to legal rights abandoning stands for relinqueshing of right(s) granted by the law of the land (mostly constitution), say in cases of national emergency.