abstract

abstracts, abstracting, abstracted
(The adjective and noun are pronounced [[t]æ̱bstrækt[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]æbstræ̱kt[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.

...starting with a few abstract principles...

It's not a question of some abstract concept of justice.

...the faculty of abstract reasoning.

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abstractly ADV-GRADED

It is hard to think abstractly in these conditions.

2) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group When you talk or think about something in the abstract, you talk or think about it in a general way, rather than considering particular things or events.

Money was a commodity she never thought about except in the abstract.

3) ADJ: ADJ n In grammar, an abstract noun refers to a quality or idea rather than to a physical object.

...abstract words such as glory, honor, and courage.

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4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Abstract art makes use of shapes and patterns rather than showing people or things.

A modern abstract painting takes over one complete wall.

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5) N-COUNT An abstract is an abstract work of art.
6) N-COUNT: oft N of n An abstract of an article, document, or speech is a short piece of writing that gives the main points of it.
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7) VERB If you abstract something from a place, you take it from there. [FORMAL]

[V n from n] ...a licence to abstract water from the River Axe...

[V n from n] The author has abstracted poems from earlier books. [Also V n]


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