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Definition of abort verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abort
    he / she / it aborts
    past simple aborted
    -ing form aborting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive, often passive] to end or cause something to end before it has been completed, especially because it is likely to fail (computing) If the wrong password is given the program will abort. abort something We had no option but to abort the mission.
  2. 2[transitive] abort something to end a pregnancy early in order to prevent a baby from developing and being born alive to abort a pregnancy/fetus
  3. 3[intransitive] (technology) to give birth to a child or young animal too early for it to survive The virus can cause pregnant animals to abort. compare miscarry
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