Abstract meaning

ăb-străkt, ăbstrăkt
Not applied or practical; theoretical.
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A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
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Difficult to understand; abstruse.

Abstract philosophical problems.

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Thought of apart from any particular instances or material objects; not concrete.
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To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style).
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Not easy to understand because of being extremely complex, remote from concrete reality, etc.; abstruse.
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Expressing a quality thought of apart from any particular or material object.

Beauty is an abstract word.

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A brief statement of the essential content of a book, article, speech, court record, etc.; summary.
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To write a summary of; summarize.

Abstract a long article in a paragraph.

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To take away; remove.
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To take dishonestly; steal.
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To summarize; make an abstract of.
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To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects.

Abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.

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Abstract is defined as something that is not physical or concrete.

An example of abstract is the idea of justice.

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The definition of an abstract is a summary of a written work.

An example of an abstract is a written description of the findings of a scientific study.

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Abstract means to remove it or take it away.

An example of abstract is to take salt out of sea water.

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Designating or of art abstracted from reality, in which designs or forms may be definite and geometric or fluid and amorphous.
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An abstract thing, condition, idea, etc.
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A concise summary of a text. See also abstract of judgment, abstract of record, and abstract of title.
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An abridgement or summary. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of larger item, or multiple items. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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An abstraction; an abstract term; that which is abstract. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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The theoretical way of looking at things; something that exists only in idealized form. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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(art) An abstract work of art. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
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(real estate) A summary title of the key points detailing a tract of land, for ownership; abstract of title.
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(now rare) Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Expressing a property or attribute separately of an object that is considered to be inherent to that object. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Considered apart from any application to a particular object; not concrete; ideal; non-specific; general, as opposed to specific. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(archaic) Absent-minded. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
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(art) Pertaining to the formal aspect of art, such as the lines, colors, shapes, and the relationships among them. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  • (art, often capitalized) Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  • (music) Absolute.
  • (dance) Lacking a story.
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Insufficiently factual.
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Apart from practice or reality; vague; theoretical; impersonal; not applied.
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(grammar) As a noun, denoting an intangible as opposed to an object, place, or person.
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(computing) Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.
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To separate; to disengage. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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To remove; to take away; withdraw. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
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(euphemistic) To steal; to take away; to remove without permission. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
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To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

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To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself; to consider theoretically; to look at as a general quality. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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(intransitive, reflexive, literally figuratively) To withdraw oneself; to retire. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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To draw off (interest or attention).

He was wholly abstracted by other objects.

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(intransitive, rare) To perform the process of abstraction.
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(intransitive, fine arts) To create abstractions.
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(intransitive, computing) To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".

He abstracted out the square root function.

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Considered apart from concrete existence.

An abstract concept.

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Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality.

Abstract words like truth and justice.

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Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
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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.

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Something abstract.
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An abstract of title.
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Theoretical; not practical or applied.
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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.
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in the abstract
  • In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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in the abstract
  • in theory as apart from practice
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of abstract

  • Middle English from Latin abstractus past participle of abstrahere to draw away abs-, ab- away ab–1 trahere to draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin abstractus, perfect passive participle of abstrahō (“draw away”), formed from abs- (“away”) + trahō (“to pull, draw”).

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1542. Partly from English abstract (adjective form), and from Latin abstrat past participle of abstrahō (“to draw away”).

    From Wiktionary