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

      

    abstract

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//æbˈstrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstrækt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abstract
    BrE BrE//æbˈstrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstrækt//
     
    he / she / it abstracts
    BrE BrE//æbˈstrækts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstrækts//
     
    past simple abstracted
    BrE BrE//æbˈstræktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstræktɪd//
     
    past participle abstracted
    BrE BrE//æbˈstræktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstræktɪd//
     
    -ing form abstracting
    BrE BrE//æbˈstræktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//æbˈstræktɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1abstract something (from something) to remove something from somewhere She abstracted the main points from the argument. Their plan is to abstract 8 million gallons of water from the river. a plan to abstract 8 million gallons of water from the river
  2. 2abstract something (specialist) to make a written summary of a book, etc.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Latin abstractus, literally ‘drawn away’, past participle of abstrahere, from ab- ‘from’ + trahere ‘draw off’.
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