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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



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

SamplesA large abstract painting.

Synonymsabstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective



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

SamplesAbstract reasoning.
Abstract science.



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.


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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