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"abrupt" in British English

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abruptadjective

uk   /əˈbrʌpt/  us   /əˈbrʌpt/
  • abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

C2 sudden and unexpected, and often unpleasant: an abrupt change/movement Our conversation came to an abrupt end when George burst into the room. The road ended in an abrupt (= sudden and very steep) slope down to the sea.

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abruptly
adverb uk   /əˈbrʌpt.li/  us   /əˈbrʌpt.li/
The talks ended abruptly when one of the delegations walked out in protest.
abruptness
noun [U] uk   /əˈbrʌpt.nəs/  us   /əˈbrʌpt.nəs/
(Definition of abrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abruptadjective

 us   /əˈbrʌpt/
  • abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

sudden and not expected, often with unpleasant results: There was an abrupt change in her mood. We came to an abrupt curve in the road.
  • abrupt adjective (NOT FRIENDLY)

not friendly or polite; showing little interest in talking to other people: His abrupt manner makes me uncomfortable.
abruptly
adverb  us   /əˈbrʌp·tli/
They abruptly left the party.
(Definition of abrupt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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