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Definition of 'abstract'


  1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
       Synonyms: abstraction
  2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
       Synonyms: outline synopsis precis


  1. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
  2. make off with belongings of others
       Synonyms: pilfer cabbage purloin pinch snarf swipe hook sneak filch nobble lift
  3. consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
  4. give an abstract (of)


  1. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
       Antonyms: concrete
  2. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
       Synonyms: abstractionist nonfigurative nonobjective
  3. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"

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