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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Engineers lost control of the vehicle and had to abort, blowing the rocket up with the flight termination system.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 Apollo 13 was the only mission that had to be aborted, with the crew making an emergency re-entry.—Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 21 Oct. 2023 Three years earlier, the government had tried to capture him, but aborted the operation after his cartel allies set off a wave of violence in the Sinaloan capital.—CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023 The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate after a United Airlines flight had to abort its landing at Logan International Airport Monday night because a plane that had landed was still on the runway, officials said.—Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 Pilots decided to abort take-off Friday evening after a Swiss Airlines flight ran into a flock off birds during its takeoff at O’Hare International Airport, an airline spokesman said.—Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 This summer alone, Primavera Sound Madrid, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, German metal festival Wacken Open Air, Scottish folk festival Tiree, Michigan rave Electric Forest, and our own Pitchfork Music Festival were either paused, preempted, or aborted due to inclement weather.—Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 13 Sep. 2023 The Cessna Citation business jet had to abort its landing Friday because a Southwest Boeing 737 was still on the runway waiting to depart.—Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 Over the next few weeks, there were similar incidents in Sarasota, Florida; Burbank, California; and Boston, where a JetBlue Airways flight aborted its landing to avoid colliding with a charter plane that was taking off without clearance from air traffic control.—Emily Steel, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023
Elsewhere in Asia, India took strides toward launching its own astronauts with a successful test of a launch abort system for the country's Gaganyaan spacecraft, which could fly people into low-Earth orbit in 2025.—Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 In either weather extreme, does focus on their own survival and will abort fawns.—Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Aug. 2023 While Putin initially accused Wagner of treason, a deal saw Prigozhin abort the revolt.—Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 14 July 2023 Simply put, the rocket has a lot of moving and stable parts including a propulsion system, launch abort system, cargo module, service module, guidance systems and crew capsule.—Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2023 Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket suffered an unspecified booster failure just over a minute after launch on Monday, triggering its unoccupied capsule's emergency abort system.—Harold Maass, The Week, 13 Sep. 2022 Forecasters are predicting an 80% chance of acceptable launch weather, but mission managers are monitoring sea conditions along the spacecraft's trajectory to orbit that could cause problems if the crew had to attempt an emergency splashdown after an abort.—William Harwood, CBS News, 29 Oct. 2021 Conditions at the launch site should be fine, but forecasters have some concerns about the weather along the rocket's track, which would come into play should there be an abort during the launch requiring Crew Dragon to make an emergency return to Earth.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 27 Feb. 2023 On Tuesday morning, NASA will test the launch abort safety system for Orion.—Korey Haynes, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2019 See More
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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