[ ab-strak-tid ]
/ æbˈstræk tɪd /


lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.

Origin of abstracted

First recorded in 1605–15; abstract + -ed2

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Synonym study

Definition for abstracted (2 of 2)


[ adjective ab-strakt, ab-strakt; noun ab-strakt; verb ab-strakt for 10–13, ab-strakt for 14 ]
/ adjective æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; noun ˈæb strækt; verb æbˈstrækt for 10–13, ˈæb strækt for 14 /



verb (used with object)

Origin of abstract

1400–50; late Middle English: withdrawn from worldly interests < Latin abstractus drawn off (past participle of abstrahere). See abs-, tract1

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British Dictionary definitions for abstracted (1 of 2)


/ (æbˈstræktɪd) /


lost in thought; preoccupied
taken out or separated; extracted

Derived Forms

abstractedly, adverbabstractedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for abstracted (2 of 2)


adjective (ˈæbstrækt)

noun (ˈæbstrækt)

verb (æbˈstrækt) (tr)

Word Origin for abstract

C14: (in the sense: extracted): from Latin abstractus drawn off, removed from (something specific), from abs- ab- 1 + trahere to draw
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Medicine definitions for abstracted


[ ăb-străkt, ăbstrăkt′ ]


Considered apart from concrete existence.
Not applied or practical; theoretical.
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