verb (used without object)
- to bring forth a fetus from the uterus before the fetus is viable; miscarry.
- to develop incompletely; remain in a rudimentary or undeveloped state.
- to fail, cease, or stop at an early or premature stage.
- Military. to fail to accomplish a purpose or mission for any reason other than enemy action.
- Rocketry. (of a missile) to stop before the scheduled flight is completed.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to bring forth (a fetus) from the uterus before the fetus is viable.
- to cause (a pregnant female) to be delivered of a nonviable fetus.
- to cause to cease or end at an early or premature stage: We aborted our vacation when the car broke down.
- to terminate (a missile flight, mission, etc.) before completion.
- to put down or quell in the early stages: Troops aborted the uprising.
- a missile, rocket, etc., that has aborted.
- to undergo or cause (a woman) to undergo the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is viable
- (tr) to cause (a fetus) to be expelled from the womb before it is viable
- (intr) to fail to come to completion; go wrong
- (tr) to stop the development of; cause to be abandoned
- (intr) to give birth to a dead or nonviable fetus
- (of a space flight, military operation, etc) to fail or terminate prematurely
- (intr) (of an organism or part of an organism) to fail to develop into the mature form
- the premature termination or failure of (a space flight, military operation, etc)
1570s, “to miscarry,” from Latin abortus, past participle of aboriri “to miscarry” (see abortive); 1610s as “to deliberately terminate” anything, but especially a pregnancy, which seems to be the literal sense. Transitive meaning “to cause a woman to miscarry” is recorded from 1933. Related: Aborted; aborting.
- To expel or cause to expel an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
- To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
- To arrest in growth or development; to cause to remain rudimentary.