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abstract away

1. To eliminate, omit, or disregard the details of something in order to generalize or simplify it at a conceptual level. A noun or pronoun can be used between "abstract" and "away." Remember that you will be delivering the results of your work to members of the public, so try to abstract away the more complicated aspects of the scientific theory. The agency abstracted the more sensitive details of the incident away, leaving a heavily redacted report that only revealed what happened in broad strokes. This report makes no sense to me. I think they tried to make it readable for laypeople by abstracting away the legalese, but I still have no idea what they're talking about.
2. In computer science, to hide, obscure, or mask the details of some process in order to simplify its functionality for the sake of usability. A noun or pronoun can be used between "abstract" and "away." Even simple actions on the computer create incredibly complicated processes in the software, but programmers have abstracted away the more nitty-gritty details in order to keep the average user from getting overwhelmed. All of this makes sense to you because you work in IT, but you need to abstract away the more granular details so that they don't confuse the average employee. How about this? I'll write up instructions for you, and I'll abstract anything unessential out.
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