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"abstract" in British English

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abstractadjective

uk   /ˈæb.strækt/ us   /ˈæb.strækt/
  • abstract adjective (GENERAL)

B2 existing as an idea, feeling, or quality, not as a material object: Truth and beauty are abstract concepts.
An abstract argument or discussion is general and not based on particular examples: This debate is becoming too abstract - let's have some hard facts!
the abstract
general ideas: I have difficulty dealing with the abstract - let's discuss particular cases. So far we've only discussed the question in the abstract (= without referring to any real examples).

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  • abstract adjective (ART)

B2 used to refer to a type of painting, drawing, or sculpture that uses shapes, lines, and colour in a way that does not try to represent the appearance of people or things: abstract art an abstract painter

abstractnoun [C]

uk   /ˈæb.strækt/ us   /ˈæb.strækt/
  • abstract noun [C] (SHORT DOCUMENT)

a short form of a speech, article, book, etc., giving only the most important facts or ideas: There is a section at the end of the magazine that includes abstracts of recent articles/books.
(Definition of abstract from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abstract" in American English

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abstractadjective

us   /æbˈstrækt, ˈæb·strækt/
existing as an idea, feeling, or quality, not as a material object: "Humanity" is an abstract idea.
English If a statement, argument, or discussion is abstract, it is general and not based on particular examples.
art A painting, drawing, or sculpture is described as abstract if it tries to represent the qualities of objects or people but does not show their outer appearance: abstract art

abstractnoun [C]

us   /ˈæb·strækt/
writing a few sentences that give the main ideas in an article or a scientific paper
(Definition of abstract from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"abstract" in Business English

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abstractadjective

uk   /ˈæbstrækt/ us  
existing as an idea, feeling, or quality, not as a material object: "Satisfaction" is difficult to measure as it is an abstract concept.

abstractnoun [C]

uk   /ˈæbstrækt/ us  
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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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