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Definitions of abate

  1. make less active or intense Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. To beat down; to overthrow. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To blunt. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Abatement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. An organothiophosphate insecticide. Medical Dictionary DB
  14. To lessen; suppress. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To decrease; moderate; subside; as, the storm abates. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. 1. To do away with. 2. To lessen, decrease, become reduced. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  17. To lessen: to mitigate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To grow less. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To lessen; to diminish; to decrease; to subside. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To lessen; reduce; do away with. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To grow less; decrease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. To deduct; to lessen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To become less; to fail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To lessen; to lower in price; to grow less; to subside. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. a-b[=a]t', v.t. to lessen: to deduct (with of): to mitigate: (law) to put an end to, do away with, as of an action or a nuisance, to render null, as a writ.--v.i. to grow less.--adjs. AB[=A]T'ABLE, capable of being abated; AB[=A]T'ED, beaten down or cut away, as the background of an ornamental pattern in relief.--n. ABATE'MENT, the act of abating: the sum or quantity abated: (law) the act of intruding on a freehold and taking possession before the heir, the abandonment of an action, or the reduction of a legacy: (her.) a supposed mark of dishonour on a coat of arms--apparently never actually used.--ABATED ARMS, those whose edges have been blunted for the tournament. [O. Fr. abatre, to beat down--L. ab, from, and bat[)e]re, popular form of batu[)e]re, to beat: conn. with BEAT.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Diminish (t. & i.). Do away with (nuisance); blunt (edge); lower (price); deduct (specified or unspecified part of price); mitigate (violence); weaken (energy). Grow less (of flood or epidemic). (In law) quash (writ or action). So abatement n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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