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"abort" in British English

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abortverb

uk   /əˈbɔːt/  us   /-ˈbɔːrt/
  • abort verb (END PREGNANCY)

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

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(Definition of abort from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abort" in American English

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abortverb

 us   /əˈbɔrt/
  • abort verb (STOP)

[T] to ​stop something before it has ​begun or to ​cause something to ​fail before it is ​complete: Engineers aborted the ​testflight at the last ​minute.
  • abort verb (END PREGNANCY)

[I/T] to end a ​pregnancy before a ​baby is ​fullydeveloped
abortion
noun [C/U]  us   /əˈbɔr·ʃən/
abortive
adjective [not gradable]  us   /əˈbɔr·t̬ɪv/
An abortive ​uprisingled to his ​exile.
(Definition of abort from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"abort" in Business English

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abortverb

uk   us   /əˈbɔːt/
[T] to ​stop an ​activity before it begins or before it is complete: abort a test/trial/plan We were ​forced to abort the ​test as a ​result of ​technical problems.abort a launch/merger/deal Money has been ​wasted on aborted ​deals.
[I or T] IT to ​stop a ​computerprocess before it is complete: abort a program/command/operation This ​command tells the ​server to abort the previous FTP ​servicecommand. If the ​file is not ​present, the ​script will abort.
(Definition of abort from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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