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abstract

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of abstract

  1. 1 dealing with or expressing a quality or idea the book deals with abstract matters such as honesty and integrity on the job as well as practical subjects such as asking for a raise Synonyms conceptual, ideal, ideational, metaphysical, notional, theoretical (also theoretic) Related Words conjectural, hypothetical, speculative; cosmic (also cosmical), intellectual, mental, spiritual; ethereal, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, nonmaterial, nonphysical, unsubstantial; impalpable, imperceptible, insensible, intangible, invisible; impractical, romantic, transcendent, transcendental, unreal, utopian, visionary Near Antonyms material, physical; appreciable, detectable, discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, palpable, perceptible, sensible, substantial, tangible, visible; defined, definite, distinct; actual, factual, real Antonyms concrete, nonabstract

  2. 2 using elements of form (as color, line, or texture) with little or no attempt at creating a realistic picture Cubism is a style of abstract art in which natural forms are broken up into geometric shapes Synonyms nonfigurative, nonobjective, nonrealistic, nonrepresentational Related Words expressionist, expressionistic, impressionist, impressionistic; symbolist, symbolistic Near Antonyms lifelike, natural Antonyms figurative, naturalistic (also naturalist), nonabstract, objective, realistic, representational


abstract

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of abstract

  1. 1 a short statement of the main points the scientist wrote a bare-bones abstract of his research and conclusions Synonyms summary, breviary, brief, capsule, conspectus, digest, encapsulation, epitome, inventory, outline, précis, recap, recapitulation, résumé (or resume also resumé), roundup, rundown, run-through, sum, summa, summarization, summing-up, sum-up, synopsis, wrap-upRelated Words abbreviation, abridgment (or abridgement), compend, compendium, condensation, curtailment, shortening; simplification, streamlining; rehash, reprise; conclusion, epilogue (also epilog)Near Antonyms amplification, enlargement, expansion; addendum, supplement

  2. 2 a visible representation of something abstract (as a quality) a recent college valedictorian who's been hailed as the very abstract of what's right with today's young people Synonyms embodiment, avatar, embodier, epitome, externalization, genius, icon (also ikon), image, incarnation, incorporation, instantiation, manifestation, objectification, personification, personifierRelated Words actualization, concretization, exemplification, personalization, realization, substantiation; essence, quintessence, soul; archetype, exemplar, model, paradigm, pattern; reincarnation


abstract

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abstract

  1. 1 to draw the attention or mind to something else personal problems abstracted him so persistently that he struggled to keep his mind on his work Synonyms distract, call off, detract, divert, throw offRelated Words amuse, beguile, entertain; stray, wanderNear Antonyms concentrate, focus

  2. 2 to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report) took the 135-page report and abstracted it in three short paragraphs Synonyms summarize, boil down, brief, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, outline, recap, recapitulate, reprise, sum up, synopsize, wrap upRelated Words abridge, condense, curtail, cut back, shorten; downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; decoct, essentialize; simplify, streamlineNear Antonyms elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; amplify, elaborate (on or upon), enlarge (on or upon), expand, supplement


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