abstract


abstract
ab|stract1 [ˈæbstrækt] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of abstrahere, from abs- 'away' + trahere 'to pull']
1.) based on general ideas or principles rather than specific examples or real events
abstract idea/concept
the ability to translate abstract ideas into words
By the age of seven, children are capable of thinking in abstract terms .
Human beings are the only creatures capable of abstract thought (=thinking about ideas) .
2.) existing only as an idea or quality rather than as something real that you can see or touch
≠ ↑concrete
the abstract nature of beauty
3.) abstract paintings, designs etc consist of shapes and patterns that do not look like real people or things
abstract 2
abstract2 n
1.) a painting, design etc which contains shapes or images that do not look like real things or people
2.) a short written statement containing only the most important ideas in a speech, article etc
3.) in the abstract
considered in a general way rather than being based on specific details and examples
Talking about crime in the abstract just isn't enough.
abstract 3
ab|stract3 [əbˈstrækt, æb-] v [T]
1.) to write a document containing the most important ideas or points from a speech, article etc
2.) formal to remove something from somewhere

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