ab·​stract·​ed | \ ab-ˈstrak-təd How to pronounce abstracted (audio) , ˈab-ˌstrak- \

Definition of abstracted

1 : withdrawn in mind : inattentive to one's surroundings said hello but seemed abstracted
2 : abstract sense 4 abstracted geometric shapes

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Other Words from abstracted

abstractedly adverb
abstractedness noun

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abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters. walking about with an abstracted air preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others. too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters. an absent stare absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness. so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety. was too distracted by grief to continue working

Examples of abstracted in a Sentence

She said hello but she seemed a bit abstracted. the man on the train seemed somewhat abstracted, and he did indeed forget to get off at his stop
Recent Examples on the Web Even the abstracted spaces that obscure most of the board fit the overall aesthetic. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Unmatched: Battle of Legends," 14 Dec. 2019 The piece, produced as part of the gallery’s Box Blur initiative that is sponsored by Dance Film SF, is set in an abstracted re-creation of a 1950s Korean shoji room and features instructional video and audio pieces. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "‘How to Fall in Love in a Brothel’ at Catharine Clark Gallery," 3 Nov. 2019 Lucy is also conducting an affair of her own, living with the gentle, abstracted Bob while sleeping with the jolly and itinerant Laff. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, "Rosmarie Waldrop’s Novel of the In-Between," 30 Sep. 2019 The handful of action scenes, for all their mortal dangers, come and go with an expository brevity and an elusive, abstracted physicality to match. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019 They are made during a specific period of time, and the dynamics of events become a part of the abstracted narrative of the works. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough’," 6 June 2019 The central piece is an abstracted lion, harkening back to the Lannister sigil. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 Try Cascade, an abstracted interpretation flowers bending in the wind, rendered in fluid brushstrokes of navy (Deep Blue), marigold (Sunbeam), or taupe (Clay). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 But their fun house scale — cups, umbrella, and all are each about the size of an ottoman — and slightly abstracted color are enough to put them into a strange virtual territory somewhere between trompe l’oeil and the uncanny valley. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of abstracted

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abstracted

from past participle of abstract entry 3

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The first known use of abstracted was in 1643

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22 Dec 2019

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“Abstracted.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstracted. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of abstracted

somewhat formal : not paying attention to what is happening or being said : thinking of other things

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