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abstract

adjective uk   /ˈæb.strækt/ us  

abstract adjective (GENERAL)

B2 existing as an idea, feeling, or quality, not as a material object: Truth and beauty are abstract concepts. describes an argument or discussion that is general and not based on particular examples: This debate is becoming too abstract - let's have some hard facts! the abstract general ideas: I have difficulty dealing with the abstract - let's discuss particular cases. So far we've only discussed the question in the abstract (= without referring to any real examples).

abstract adjective (ART)

B2 describes a type of painting, drawing, or sculpture that uses shapes, lines, and colour in a way that does not try to represent the appearance of people or things: abstract art an abstract painter

abstract

noun [C] uk   /ˈæb.strækt/ us  

abstract noun [C] (SHORT DOCUMENT)

a short form of a speech, article, book, etc., giving only the most important facts or ideas: There is a section at the end of the magazine that includes abstracts of recent articles/books.

abstract noun [C] (ART)

a painting that uses shapes, lines, and colour in a way that does not try to represent the appearance of people or things
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