abort

verb
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \
aborted; aborting; aborts

Definition of abort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

abort

noun

Definition of abort (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Verb

aborter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for abort

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 But also, your party is championing the idea of not having kids as a badge, abort them. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 23 Sep. 2022 Bueno and Estrada are some of the millions of women who made the difficult decision to abort. Palabra, oregonlive, 6 July 2022 The delegation proceeded with the visit in direct opposition to Chinese demands that the U.S. abort the meeting. Fox News, 6 Aug. 2022 If night temperatures fail to drop below 80 degrees and if daytime temps reach the mid to high 90s day after day, plants can stop producing flowers or even abort existing flowers. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2022 In October 2012, a hospital refused to abort her pregnancy even though doctors acknowledged that a miscarriage was inevitable. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Albert says courts are much more likely to use direct proof of intent to abort rather than period trackers. Sara Li, Glamour, 12 July 2022 In this song, Remy Ma tells the story of a young and poor mother who wrestles with whether to abort the life growing inside of her. A.d. Carson, The Conversation, 8 July 2022 Women demanded birth control, freedom from sterilization, and freedom to abort unwanted pregnancies. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 6 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket suffered an unspecified booster-rocket failure just over a minute after launch on Monday, triggering its unoccupied capsule's emergency abort system. Harold Maass, The Week, 13 Sep. 2022 Just over a minute after takeoff, the New Shepard rocket appeared to suffer an engine problem and veer off course, prompting the emergency abort system to kick in. Loren Grush, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 The capsule’s emergency launch abort system immediately kicked in, lifting the craft off the top. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2022 The third engine is used to jettison the launch abort system, which occurs shortly after launch if all goes well. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Aug. 2022 The launch abort system will be used in future missions in case of an emergency while on the launch pad or during the takeoff phase of the launch. Danny Dougherty, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2022 According to Stephen Clark, this was SpaceX's first non-weather, non-range terminal countdown abort since NROL-108 in December 2020. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 22 July 2022 The film's most heartbreaking scene, set in 1952, depicts Demi Moore's character attempting to self-abort with a knitting needle. CNN, 27 June 2022 Choose Life works with crisis pregnancy counseling centers that encourage women to give birth rather than abort. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of abort

Verb

1540, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abort

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

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26 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for abort

abort

intransitive verb
\ ə-ˈbȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Medical Definition of abort

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

transitive verb

1a : 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

Other Words from abort

aborter noun

abort

transitive verb
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Legal Definition of abort

: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)

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