Meaning of 'abstract'

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Meaning of ‘abstract’

8 definitions found.



existing only in the mind


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

Example: "abstract reasoning"


not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature

Example: "a large abstract painting"

Synonyms: abstractionist nonfigurative nonobjective


a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

Example: "I loved you only in the abstract--not in person."

Synonyms: abstraction


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

Synonyms: outline synopsis precis


to consider apart from a particular case or instance

Example: "Let's abstract away from this particular example."


to give a summary of the main points of

Example: "I abstracted my scientific paper in a single paragraph."


to make off with belongings of others

Example: "The uninvited guest abstracted with our television."

Synonyms: pinch

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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