abstract

[ adjective ab-strakt, ab-strakt; noun ab-strakt; verb ab-strakt for 11-14, ab-strakt for 10 ]
/ adjective æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; noun ˈæb strækt; verb æbˈstrækt for 11-14, ˈæb strækt for 10 /

adjective

noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for abstract

    abstract away from, to omit from consideration.
    in the abstract, without reference to a specific object or instance; in theory: beauty in the abstract.

Origin of abstract

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English: “withdrawn from worldly interests,” from Latin abstractus “drawn off” (past participle of abstrahere ).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

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British Dictionary definitions for abstract

abstract

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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Medical definitions for abstract

abstract
[ ăb-străkt, ăbstrăkt′ ]

adj.

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