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English adjective: abstract

1. abstract existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment


SamplesAbstract words like `truth' and `justice'.


Similarconceptional, conceptual, ideal, ideational, ideologic, ideological, notional


See alsoimpalpable, intangible, nonrepresentational


Attributeabstractness


Antonymsconcrete

2. abstract not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature


SamplesA large abstract painting.


Synonymsabstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective


Similarnonrepresentational


Antonymsrepresentational

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


SamplesAbstract reasoning.
Abstract science.


Similartheoretical


Antonymsapplied


English noun: abstract

1. abstract (cognition) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance


SamplesHe loved her only in the abstract--not in person.


Synonymsabstraction


Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct


Narrower (hyponym)absolute, right, teacher, thing

2. abstract (communication) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory


Synonymsoutline, precis, synopsis


Broader (hypernym)sum-up, summary


Narrower (hyponym)apercu, brief, epitome


English verb: abstract

1. abstract (cognition) consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consider, reckon, regard, see, view

2. abstract (possession) make off with belongings of others


Synonymscabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)steal

3. abstract (cognition) consider apart from a particular case or instance


SamplesLet's abstract away from this particular example.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)consider, deal, look at, take

4. abstract (communication) give an abstract (of)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)resume, sum up, summarise, summarize









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