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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 ​roadended 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 ​talksended abruptly when one of the ​delegationswalked 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)

"abrupt" in American English

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abruptadjective

 us   /əˈbrʌpt/
  • abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

sudden and not ​expected, often with ​unpleasantresults: 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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