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Definition of "abet" []

  • To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on. (verb-transitive)
  • To urge, encourage, or help (a person): abetted the thief in robbing the bank. (verb-transitive)

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 "abet" in a sentence
  • "* The proposed five-year sentence for those who "abet" a same-sex relationship is greater than the punishment stipulated in the bill for those who enter into a "same gender marriage.""
  • "The proposed five-year sentence for those who "abet" a same-sex relationship is greater than the punishment stipulated in the bill for those who enter into a "same gender marriage.""
  • "And the very first item is talking about how the Army is aiding and abetting (did you catch their use of the word "abet"?"