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

v terminate before completion

abort the mission”
abort the process running on my computer”
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion

suffer a miscarriage
Type of:
discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
eliminate (a substance)

v cease development, die, and be aborted

“an aborting fetus”
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

n 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”
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

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