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abstract +‎ -ed


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əb.ˈstɹæk.tɪd/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /əb.ˈstɹæk.tɪd/, /æb.ˈstɹæk.tɪd/


abstracted (comparative more abstracted, superlative most abstracted)

  1. Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][1]
  2. (now rare) Separated from matter; abstract; ideal, not concrete. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
  3. (now rare) Abstract; abstruse; difficult. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
    • 1704, [Jonathan Swift], “Section IX. A Digression Concerning the Original, the Use and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth.”, in A Tale of a Tub. [], London: [] John Nutt, [], →OCLC, pages 169–170:
      The preſent Argument is the moſt abſtracted that ever I engaged in, it ſtrains my Faculties to their higheſt Stretch; and I deſire the Reader to attend with utmoſt perpenſity; For, I now proceed to unravel this knotty Point.
  4. Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind; meditative. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
    ...an abstracted scholar...
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, London: Heinemann, →OCLC, page 57:
      I'm afraid neither of us was looking where we were going. We Adrians are notoriously abstracted, are we not?

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  1. simple past and past participle of abstract


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief, William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abstracted”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 10.