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abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Some regard love as but an abstract idea, as it is impossible to define what makes love real.
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abstract (something) from

1. To take something without permission. Despite all of the company's security measures, hackers abstracted classified information from the server.
2. To extract key information from a longer document or text. I had to abstract all of the relevant information from that lengthy report and then present it to management.
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abstract something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. (Formal.) The officer was found guilty of abstracting a rather large amount of money from the company.
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abstract something from something

to take the important information from a longer document; to extract the essentials or the gist from a piece of complicated writing. Can you abstract a shorter article from this material?
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in the abstract

In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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Japanese patents made up over 54 percent of the 88,099 patent documents CAS abstracted in 1989.
Although English-language papers made up the bulk of the chemical literature abstracted by CAS in 1989, 44 other languages were represented.
Publications abstracted during 1989 reported 571,875 new chemical structures, which were recorded in CAS's computer-based Chemical Registry.
Abstraction removes the details of the specific implementation style while preserving the logical functionality, so the resulting abstracted functional model simulates much faster and can be compared with an abstract RTL specification through formal equivalence checking.
One of TLA's major advantages is the fact that it represents abstracted functional models in the form of Verilog source code, which can then be used in a variety of ways.