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Abstract (verb)

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To Abstra'ct. v.a. [abstraho, Lat.]

  1. To take one thing from another.

    Could we abstract from these pernicious effects, and suppose this were innocent, it would be too light to be a matter of praise. Decay of Piety.

  2. To separate ideas.

    Those, who cannot distinguish, compare and abstract, would hardly be able to understand and make use of language, or judge or reason to any tolerable degree. Locke.

  3. To reduce to an epitome.

    If we would fix in the memory the discourses we hear, or what we design to speak, let us abstract them into brief compends, and review them often. Watt's Improv. of the Mind.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Locke, John (269) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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