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Definitions of abate

  1. To become less; to fail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To beat down; to overthrow. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To blunt. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To lessen; suppress. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To lessen: to mitigate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To lessen; reduce; do away with. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To decrease; moderate; subside; as, the storm abates. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To grow less. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. To lessen; to diminish; to decrease; to subside. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To deduct; to lessen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. 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.

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Usage examples for abate

  1. " Then we will abate it by carrying you up there," said Van Shaw smiling, and Helen smiled back at him, to Felix Bauer's rage. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  2. Offering the hand to all visitors at one's own house is a courteous and hospitable custom; and a cordial shake of the hand, when friends meet, would abate much of the coldness of manner ascribed to Americans. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
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