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Definition of "abate" [a•bate]

  • To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See Synonyms at decrease. (verb-transitive)
  • To deduct from an amount; subtract. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To put an end to. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To make void. (verb-transitive)
  • To fall off in degree or intensity; subside. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abate" in a sentence
  • "Finally, it would largely abate from the sympathy which late events have elicited from foreign nation"
  • "While it would be helpful for the market were the mutual-fund withdrawals to abate, that isn't necessary for the stock market to rally, Mr. O'Rourke says."
  • "It is a clip of abate, from the Old French abattre, “to beat down,” and now it means “to moderate, subside, reduce, ebb.”"