abort·​ed | \ ə-ˈbȯr-təd How to pronounce aborted (audio) \

Definition of aborted

1 : stopped before completion especially because of problems or danger an aborted rocket launch
2 : failing to achieve the desired result : ending without success : abortive He made several aborted attempts to escape.

Examples of aborted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second baseman on a Bruins team that finished the aborted season with the nation’s No. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA donors have given nearly $160,000 to help athletes train remotely," 15 Apr. 2020 The aborted Greenland purchase, however, was not necessarily the response many geopolitical strategists had in mind and comes at a time when Mr. Trump has seemed particularly erratic. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump’s Interest in Buying Greenland Seemed Like a Joke. Then It Got Ugly.," 21 Aug. 2019 Even before the heath secretary could get a word in about the virus, Trump cut him off and began criticizing Azar for his handling of an aborted federal ban on vaping products, a matter that vexed the president. Anchorage Daily News, "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged," 5 Apr. 2020 But the aborted arrangement marks the latest in a smoke-and-mirrors marketplace for equipment in short supply due to the onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Fox News, "Feds investigate aborted deal for 39 million coronavirus masks in California," 5 Apr. 2020 For instance, athletes who would have completed their eligibility during this aborted spring season are not assured of financial aid for their restored season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "NCAA restores eligibility for spring athletes with canceled seasons, but does not guarantee scholarships," 30 Mar. 2020 This winter, the Ducks qualified six of his runners for the aborted NCAA Indoor Championships. oregonlive, "After a big indoor season, Oregon Ducks assistant Ben Thomas honored by USTFCCA: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 Mar. 2020 The aborted effort never recovered, and similar attempts have not advanced either. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Is Open to Doing More on Climate," 10 Mar. 2020 Oregon coach Robert Johnson didn’t return from the aborted NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque until Friday. oregonlive, "UO Ducks are back from Albuquerque, awaiting decision about outdoor season: Oregon track & field rundown," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aborted

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Aborted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aborted. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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