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Definitions of abet

  1. To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; - used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; - in a good sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To encourage; to aid or assist in an act, usually a criminal act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To incite by encouragement or aid (used chiefly in a bad sense):-pr.p. abetting; pa.p. abetted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To urge on; to incite; aid. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To encourage (wrong-doing or a wrong-doer), as by approval or aid; incite; instigate; as, to abet a person in a crime. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To incite by encouragement, countenance, or aid, generally from an interested motive and in a bad sense. See Bait. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Abetting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Act of abetting; aid. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. ABETTOR. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Abetter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Abetted. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for abet

  1. Something is to happen at three- fifteen, which he will abet and be responsible for. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
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