Definition of Abstract in English :

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Abstract meaning in English

Meaning of Abstract in English

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1. abstract, abstraction

a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

Example Sentences:
'he loved her only in the abstract--not in person'

2. abstract, outline, precis, synopsis

a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory


3. abstract

consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically

4. abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe

make off with belongings of others

5. abstract

consider apart from a particular case or instance

Example Sentences:
'Let's abstract away from this particular example'

6. abstract

give an abstract (of)


7. abstract

existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment

Example Sentences:
'abstract words like truth' and justice''

8. abstract, abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective

not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature

Example Sentences:
'a large abstract painting'

9. abstract

dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention

Example Sentences:
'abstract reasoning'
'abstract science'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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adjective (ˈæbstrækt )
having no reference to material objects or specific examples; not concrete
not applied or practical; theoretical
hard to understand; recondite; abstruse
denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
defined in terms of its formal properties
an abstract machine
6. philosophy
(of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
the word 'man' does not name all men but the abstract idea of manhood
noun (ˈæbstrækt )
a condensed version of a piece of writing, speech, etc; summary
an abstract term or idea
an abstract painting, sculpture, etc
10.  in the abstract
verb (æbˈstrækt ) (transitive)
to think of (a quality or concept) generally without reference to a specific example; regard theoretically
to form (a general idea) by abstraction
13. (ˈæbstrækt ) (also intr)
to summarize or epitomize
to remove or extract
15. euphemistic
to steal

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see synonyms of abstract
thought of apart from any particular instances or material objects; not concrete
expressing a quality thought of apart from any particular or material object
beauty is an abstract word
not easy to understand because of being extremely complex, remote from concrete reality, etc.; abstruse
theoretical; not practical or applied
designating or of art abstracted from reality, in which designs or forms may be definite and geometric or fluid and amorphous
a generic term that encompasses various nonrealistic contemporary schools
a brief statement of the essential content of a book, article, speech, court record, etc.; summary
an abstract thing, condition, idea, etc.
verb transitive
to take away; remove
to take dishonestly; steal
to think of (a quality) apart from any particular instance or material object that has it; also, to form (a general idea) from particular instances
to summarize; make an abstract of

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of abstract
1. Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract concept.
2. Not applied or practical; theoretical.
3. Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract philosophical problems.
4. Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality: abstract words like truth and justice.
5. Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
6. Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation: abstract painting and sculpture.
n. (ăbstrăkt)
1. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
2. Something abstract.
3. An abstract of title.
tr.v. (ăb-străkt) ab·stract·ed, ab·stract·ing, ab·stracts
a. To take away; remove: abstract the most important data from a set of records.
b. To remove without permission; steal: a painting that was abstracted from the museum.
2. To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects: abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.
3. (ăbstrăkt) To write a summary of; summarize: abstract a long article in a paragraph.
4. To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style): "The Bauhaus Functionalists were ... busy unornamenting and abstracting modern architecture, painting and design" (John Barth).

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