Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    he sent a short message requesting an abort due to extreme winds in the area
  2. (verb, change) terminate before completion
    abort the process running on my computer
  3. (verb, body) cease development, die, and be aborted
  4. (verb, body) terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion

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Origin of the word Abort

  1. 1570s, "to miscarry," from pp. stem of L. aboriri "to miscarry" (see abortive); 1610s as "to deliberately terminate" anything, but especially a pregnancy, which seems to be the literal sense. Trans. meaning "to cause a woman to miscarry" is recorded from 1933. more

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Words that sound like Abort

aberrate, abfarad, aboard, aborad, aboveboard, abrade, abroad, afeard, afeared, afford, afraid, afro hairdo, apart, apartheid, aphrodite, avaritia, avert

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