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abort

verb uk   /əˈbɔːt/ us    /-ˈbɔːrt/

abort verb (STOP)

[T] to cause something to stop or fail before it begins or before it is complete: The plan/flight had to be aborted at the last minute.

abort verb (END PREGNANCY)

[T] to stop the development of a baby that has not been born, usually by having a medical operation: Do you think it's wrong to use aborted foetuses for medical research? [I] another word for miscarry (miscarriage)
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