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verb abort pronunciation in British English /əˈbɔː(r)t/
Word Forms
present tense
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 foetus.
    Certain drugs may cause the foetus 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.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you abort a computer program, or if it aborts, the computer stops doing something before it is finished
      Press Enter to abort the printing.


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