abort

/əˈbɔt / (say uh'bawt)

verb (i)
1.
a. (of a pregnancy) to come to an end by the expulsion of the foetus before it is viable.
b. (of a foetus) to be born prematurely, before it is viable.
c. (of a woman) to have a pregnancy ended by the expulsion of the foetus before it is viable; miscarry; have a miscarriage: this drug has been known to cause women to abort.
2. to develop incompletely, remaining in a rudimentary state or degenerating.
3. to come to nothing; fail.
verb (t)
4. to cause (a foetus) to be expelled before it is viable, or cause (a pregnancy) to end by the premature expulsion of the foetus.
5. to bring (a mission, test, experiment, etc.) to a sudden and premature end.
noun
6. Military failure to accomplish a mission for any reason other than enemy action.
{Latin abortus, past participle, having miscarried}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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