abandon (oneself) to

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abandon (oneself) to

To allow oneself to enjoy something fully. On the chilly fall day, Maria abandoned herself to the comforts of hot tea and a warm blanket.
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abandon oneself to something

to yield to the comforts or delights of something. The children abandoned themselves to the delights of the warm summer day.
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abandon someone or something to someone or something

to leave a person, living creature, or thing to the care of someone or something; to give up someone or something to someone or something. (Usually with the thought that the abandoned person or thing will not receive the best of care.) They had to abandon the dogs to the storm.
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abandon to

v.
1. To desert someone or something in some situation: Because it was too dangerous for us to save our sinking boat, we had to abandon it to the storm's waves.
2. To allow someone to accept or enjoy something without resisting it. Used reflexively: At the amusement park I abandoned myself to the excitement of the roller coaster rides.
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References in classic literature ?
Let us turn our backs upon duty and abandon ourselves to the delights and advantages which beckon from every grove and call to us from every shining hill.
He hurried to the Hermitage, which stood in the heart of the wood, unlocked the door with a hasty wrench, slammed it after him, pitched Zeluco into the most distant corner, and thrusting his right hand into his pocket, first walked four or five times up and down the scanty length of the little room, and then seated himself on the ottoman in an uncomfortable stiff way, as we often do when we wish not to abandon ourselves to feeling.
We may abandon ourselves to a slope of fear and anger," de Villepin recently told BFM-TV, saying such expanded police powers could "entrust the National Front with the keys to our country.
This afternoon, when she wakes we abandon ourselves to love making while Gerard the Frenchman pounds the flimsy screen door.
Our dreams of escape and release are bound up in his recovery and for now, at least, we can abandon ourselves to thoughts of the epic tale our footballing angel may yet have to tell.
We who accept no responsibility for the ways of capital may let the breezes blow, as we abandon ourselves to the otiose contemplation of the obvious: the good and bad of summer films '97.