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abort

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verb \ə-ˈbȯrt\

Definition of abort

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring forth stillborn, nonviable, or premature offspring

  3. 2 :  to become checked in development so as to degenerate or remain rudimentary

  4. 3 :  to terminate a procedure prematurely the pilot decided to abort due to mechanical difficulties

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1a :  to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurelyb :  to terminate the pregnancy of before term

  7. 2a :  to terminate prematurely :  cancel abort a project abort a spaceflightb :  to stop in the early stages abort a disease

aborter

noun

Examples of abort in a Sentence

  1. They decided to abort the pregnancy.

  2. abort the launch of a rocket

  3. I suggest that you abort the project.

  4. The mission had to be aborted.

  5. When problems occurred during the launch, it was necessary to abort.

Origin and Etymology of abort

in part borrowed from Latin abortus, past participle of aborīrī “to pass away, be lost, (of a fetus) miscarry, be aborted, (of a woman) miscarry,” from ab- ab- + orīrī “to rise, come into existence, be born”; in part borrowed from Late Latin abortīre and abortīrī “(of a woman) to miscarry,” derivatives of Latin aborīrī — more at 1orient


First Known Use: 1540


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abort

noun

Definition of abort

  1. :  the premature termination of a flight (as of an aircraft or spacecraft), a mission, or an action or procedure relating to a flight a launch abort

Origin and Etymology of abort

noun derivative of 1abort


First Known Use: 1944


ABORT Defined for English Language Learners

abort

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Definition of abort for English Language Learners

  • : to end a pregnancy deliberately by causing the death of the fetus

  • : to stop something before it is completed because of problems or danger


Medical Dictionary

abort

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verb \ə-ˈbȯ(ə)rt\

Medical Definition of abort

  1. :  to bring forth premature or stillborn offspring the patient aborted spontaneously—compare miscarry

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  3. transitive verb

  4. a:  to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurelyb:  to terminate the pregnancy of before term

  5. 2:  to stop in the early stages abort a disease

aborter

noun

Law Dictionary

abort

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transitive verb \ə-ˈbȯrt\

Legal Definition of abort

  1. :  to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)



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