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verb abort pronunciation in American English /əˈbɔrt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyabort
he/she/itaborts
present participleaborting
past tenseaborted
past participleaborted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to remove a developing baby from a womans body, so that it is not born alive, or to be removed in this way

    The decision was taken to abort the fetus.

    Certain drugs may cause the fetus to abort.

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