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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 woman's 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.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop something before it is finished, for example because it would be difficult or dangerous to continue

    The mission had to be aborted because of a technical problem.

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