Meaning of “abort” in the English Dictionary

"abort" in British English

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abortverb

uk /əˈbɔːt/ us /əˈbɔːrt/

(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 test flight at the last minute.

abort verb (END PREGNANCY)

[ I/T ] to end a pregnancy before a baby is fully developed

abortion
noun [ C/U ] us /əˈbɔr·ʃən/
abortive
adjective [ not gradable ] us /əˈbɔr·t̬ɪv/

An abortive uprising led 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 /əˈbɔːt/ us

[ 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 computer process before it is complete:

abort a program/command/operation This command tells the server to abort the previous FTP service command.
If the file is not present, the script will abort.

(Definition of “abort” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)