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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Other Words from abort

Verb

aborter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for abort

Synonyms: Verb

abandon, call, call off, cancel, cry off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke, scrap, scrub

Antonyms: Verb

continue, keep

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For starters, Klopfer was performing abortions before a 2016 Indiana law requiring that aborted fetal remains be cremated or buried. Washington Post, "Fetal remains case raises lots of questions, few answers," 17 Sep. 2019 Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert try to return to Earth after an explosion aborts the April 1970 moonshot. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Oroville, California -- All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday when the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. CBS News, ""They're very, very lucky people": 10 walk away unhurt after small jet slides off runway and burns," 22 Aug. 2019 The latest showdown came less than a month after the downing of an American surveillance drone by the Iranian military brought the United States to the brink of a retaliatory missile strike, aborted by President Trump only moments before launch. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Iran Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says," 11 July 2019 Plans for a retaliatory strike on Iran, abruptly aborted. latimes.com, "Today: Showdown With Iran," 21 June 2019 Those hoping to sell their property contract at a profit have a stark choice: abort the sale and forfeit their deposit or go through with the purchase and find themselves with their money tied up in a depreciating asset. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "British Contract Flippers Stymied by Faltering London Market," 13 June 2019 For two weeks after her second ob-gyn visit, Clements wavered between aborting the pregnancy and carrying it to term. Sarah Watts, Glamour, "Your Ob-Gyn Might Not Perform Your Abortion—Here's Why," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Believing the computer was malfunctioning, Bales called for an abort. William Harwood, CBS News, "50 years later, Apollo 11's "one giant leap" remains a defining moment in human history," 14 July 2019 The spacecraft was being prepared for a launch abort test this summer. Eric Berger, Wired, "What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident," 23 Apr. 2019 The Dragon capsule exploded just half a second before the abort thrusters fired. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion," 15 July 2019 The simulated abort came just 11 days before Apollo was scheduled to take off for real. William Harwood, CBS News, "The inside story of Apollo 11's nail-biting descent to the surface of the moon," 15 July 2019 At 25 weeks a fetus weighs around a pound and a half and is over a foot long; some of those Dr Carhart aborts are older. The Economist, "What explains Donald Trump’s war on late-term abortions?," 22 Aug. 2019 The Crew Dragon in question was launched on a successful unpiloted test flight to the station in March and was being prepared for an in-flight test of its emergency abort system. William Harwood, CBS News, "Explosion that destroyed SpaceX Crew Dragon is blamed on leaking valve," 15 July 2019 Congratulations to our @NASA_Orion team on a successful test of the launch abort system! Fox News, "Watch NASA launch its Orion Moon capsule atop a missile in spectacular safety test," 3 July 2019 The launch abort system won’t be needed for Artemis 1 as the first test mission won’t carry astronauts. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "NASA’s Orion astronaut capsule endures intense test over the Space Coast. Up next: The moon," 2 July 2019

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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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abort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of abort

: to end a pregnancy deliberately by causing the death of the fetus
: to stop something before it is completed because of problems or danger
\ 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
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Legal Definition of abort

: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)

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