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verb [transitive] formal British English pronunciation: abstract /æbˈstrækt/ 
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present tense
present participleabstracting
past tenseabstracted
past participleabstracted
  1. 1
    to obtain facts from a calculation or piece of research

    The information was abstracted from newspaper reports.

  2. 3
    to remove something from somewhere

    They got permission to abstract water from the river.

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