abort

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verb

aborted; aborting; aborts

intransitive verb

1
: to bring forth stillborn, nonviable, or premature offspring
2
: to become checked in development so as to degenerate or remain rudimentary
3
: to terminate a procedure prematurely
the pilot decided to abort due to mechanical difficulties

transitive verb

1
a
: to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurely
b
: to terminate the pregnancy of before term
2
a
: to terminate prematurely : cancel
abort a project
abort a spaceflight
b
: to stop in the early stages
abort a disease
aborter noun

abort

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noun

: 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

Examples of abort in a Sentence

Verb They decided to abort the pregnancy. abort the launch of a rocket I suggest that you abort the project. The mission had to be aborted. When problems occurred during the launch, it was necessary to abort.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Policymakers should learn a lesson from the exchange of harsh rhetoric between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui in May 2018, an exchange that almost aborted the Singapore summit that June. Chung-In Moon, Foreign Affairs, 14 Mar. 2019 The civil suit can be brought by the biological parents of the unborn child -- unless the pregnancy resulted from rape -- or the parent or legal guardian of the minor whose pregnancy was aborted. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 30 May 2024
Noun
The helium helps pressurize the spacecraft's propulsion system, and if too much gas leaks away — the thrusters used for launch aborts, maneuvers in orbit to rendezvous with the International Space Station, and departure and re-entry — all could be affected. William Harwood, CBS News, 22 May 2024 While fully automatic, Wilmore and Williams can manually trigger an abort if necessary. William Harwood, CBS News, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for abort 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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 orient entry 2

Noun

noun derivative of abort entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

1540, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abort was in 1540

Dictionary Entries Near abort

Cite this Entry

“Abort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abort. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

abort

verb
ə-ˈbȯrt
1
: to bring forth premature or stillborn offspring
2
: to become checked in development
3
: to put an end to before completion
abort a project

Medical Definition

abort

intransitive verb
: to bring forth premature or stillborn offspring
the patient aborted spontaneously
compare miscarry

transitive verb

1
a
: to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurely
b
: to terminate the pregnancy of before term
2
: to stop in the early stages
abort a disease
aborter noun

Legal Definition

abort

transitive verb
: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)

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