Definition of abort verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    abort

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abort
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrt//
     
    he / she / it aborts
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrts//
     
    past simple aborted
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrtɪd//
     
    past participle aborted
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form aborting
    BrE BrE//əˈbɔːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɔːrtɪŋ//
     
    Pregnancy
     
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  1. 1[transitive] abort something to end a pregnancy early in order to prevent a baby from developing and being born alive to abort a child/pregnancy/foetus See related entries: Pregnancy
  2. 2[intransitive] (specialist) to give birth to a child or young animal too early for it to survive The virus can cause pregnant animals to abort. see also miscarry
  3. 3[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 aborts. abort something We had no option but to abort the mission. The plan was aborted at the last minute.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin aboriri ‘miscarry’, from ab- ‘away, from’ + oriri ‘be born’.
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