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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bawrt]
    • /əˈbɔrt/
    • /əˈbɔːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bawrt]
    • /əˈbɔrt/

Definitions of abort word

  • verb abort If an unborn baby is aborted, the pregnancy is ended deliberately and the baby is not born alive. 3
  • verb abort If someone aborts a process, plan, or activity, they stop it before it has been completed. 3
  • verb abort to undergo or cause (a woman) to undergo the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is viable 3
  • verb abort to cause (a fetus) to be expelled from the womb before it is viable 3
  • verb abort to fail to come to completion; go wrong 3
  • verb abort to stop the development of; cause to be abandoned 3

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Origin of abort

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < Latin abortus miscarried (past participle of aborīrī to disappear, miscarry) equivalent to ab- ab- + -or- come into being + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Abort


abort popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abort usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abort

verb abort

  • cut off — If you cut something off, you remove it with a knife or a similar tool.
  • scrub — to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
  • halt — to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
  • scrap — a fight or quarrel: She got into a scrap with her in-laws.
  • terminate — to bring to an end; put an end to: to terminate a contract.

noun abort

  • abend — (computing) An abnormal termination of a program.

Antonyms for abort

verb abort

  • begin — To begin to do something means to start doing it.
  • start — to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
  • continue — If someone or something continues to do something, they keep doing it and do not stop.
  • keep — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.

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