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English definition of “abstract”


noun [C]     /ˈæbstrækt/
a shortened form of a speech, article, book, etc., giving the most important facts or ideas: There is a section at the end of the magazine which includes abstracts of recent articles.
(Definition of abstract noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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