abort

To abort something is to end it. When something is aborted, it's finished.

In a movie, you may have seen people on some kind of mission yelling "Abort! Abort!" That means "Stop!" When you abort a plan or activity, you're ending it, usually prematurely. If you abort a dinner, you cancel it in the middle. If the police abort a raid, they stop it after it has already begun. A writer could abort a novel after writing a chapter or two. You can't abort something that hasn't been started: that's more like canceling or postponing.

Definitions of abort
  1. verb
    terminate before completion
    abort the mission”
    abort the process running on my computer”
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    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  2. verb
    terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion
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    types:
    miscarry
    suffer a miscarriage
    type of:
    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  3. verb
    cease development, die, and be aborted
    “an aborting fetus”
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    type of:
    buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  4. noun
    the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    “I wasted a year of my life working on an abort
    “he sent a short message requesting an abort due to extreme winds in the area”
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    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
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