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abort Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    • I wasted a year of my life working on an abort
    • he sent a short message requesting an abort due to extreme winds in the area
  2. verb terminate before completion
    • abort the mission
    • abort the process running on my computer
  3. verb cease development, die, and be aborted
    • an aborting fetus
  4. verb terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion
WordNet

A*bort" intransitive verb
Etymology
L. abortare, fr. abortus, p. p. of aboriri; ab + oriri to rise, to be born. See Orient.
Definitions
  1. To miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely.
  2. (Biol.) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.
A*bort" noun
Etymology
L. abortus, fr. aboriri.
Definitions
  1. An untimely birth. Obs. Sir H. Wotton.
  2. An aborted offspring. Obs. Holland.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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