abstract - definitions and synonyms

abstract verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically

  2. English Meaning: 

    : make off with belongings of others

    Synonyms:

    cabbage / filch / hook / lift / nobble / pilfer / pinch / purloin / snarf / sneak / swipe
  3. English Meaning: 

    : consider apart from a particular case or instance

    Example Sentenses:

    • Let's abstract away from this particular example

  4. English Meaning: 

    : give an abstract (of)

abstract noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

    Example Sentenses:

    • he loved her only in the abstract--not in person

    Synonyms:

    abstraction
  2. English Meaning: 

    : a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

    Synonyms:

    outline / precis / synopsis

abstract adjective

  1. English Meaning: 

    : existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment

    Example Sentenses:

    • abstract words like `truth' and `justice'

  2. English Meaning: 

    : not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature

    Example Sentenses:

    • a large abstract painting

  3. English Meaning: 

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

    Example Sentenses:

    • abstract reasoning

    • abstract science