Definition of 'abrupt'
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Leicester fans had arrived expecting to see an embarrassing goal drought finally brought to an abrupt end. The Sun (2016)An alleged sharp decline in the quality of golf tuition after the abrupt departure of experienced coaches. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This came to an abrupt end amid the tragic religious upheaval of the 16th century. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I made too big, abrupt changes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They test the sophistication of Stone Age technology and set out to discover why this ancient society came to an abrupt end. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The receptionist and support people were a little bit abrupt at first. The Guide to Lesbian and Gay Parenting (1993)War brought an abrupt end to this life of leisure. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The open door and housekeeping cart brought us to an abrupt halt. Times, Sunday Times (2014)His abrupt departure has slammed on the brakes and set off the car alarms. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We had erred in stripping her of her position in such an abrupt manner. Christianity Today (2000)What has brought about this abrupt change? Times, Sunday Times (2009)The interview came to an abrupt end when she abandoned conversation and demanded to make love. Times, Sunday Times (2007)That ride came to abrupt halt last season. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Try not to let an abrupt or dismissive manner put you off seeking other help. Coping with Bulimia (1987)And that could bring the spluttering economy to an abrupt halt. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She would either ignore the other person or reply in an abrupt manner. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)Please excuse me for blundering in upon you in this abrupt manner. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But this is an evolution rather than an abrupt alteration in British national life. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This has led to abrupt changes in plans, and thrilling offers. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But in 1940 his writing career came to an abrupt and mysterious end. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In his mid-twenties he decided on an abrupt change. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But when the economy as such does not grow, changes in the economy are bound to be abrupt and sharp. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)But he could hardly have foreseen the abrupt departures of his two international players, along with the chairman and chief executive. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He can be direct and a little abrupt, but they say the treatment meted out to him has been over the top. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'abrupt'
British English: abrupt /əˈbrʌpt/ ADJECTIVE
An abrupt action is very sudden and often unpleasant.
Her holiday came to an abrupt end when she broke her foot.
- American English: abrupt
- Arabic: مُفاجِئ خطير
- Brazilian Portuguese: repentino
- Chinese: 突然
- Croatian: nagao
- Czech: náhlý
- Danish: brat
- Dutch: abrupt
- European Spanish: abrupto
- Finnish: äkkinäinen
- French: abrupt
- German: abrupt
- Greek: αιφνίδιος
- Italian: improvviso
- Japanese: 不意の
- Korean: 갑작스러운
- Norwegian: brå
- Polish: nagły
- European Portuguese: repentino
- Romanian: brusc
- Russian: внезапный
- Spanish: abrupto
- Swedish: abrupt
- Thai: ทันทีทันใด
- Turkish: ani
- Ukrainian: раптовий
- Vietnamese: đột ngột
Definition of abrupt from the Collins English Dictionary
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