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[uh-buht] /əˈbʌt/
verb (used without object), abutted, abutting.
to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against):
This piece of land abuts on a street.
verb (used with object), abutted, abutting.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
to support by an abutment.
Origin of abut
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2
Related forms
unabutting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for abutted
Historical Examples
  • The cottage that abutted on the churchyard was empty, and no other house stood near.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Opening the door that abutted on to a field beyond, he bade Hogan mount.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • At length they paused in front of a chapel that abutted close on to the street.

    Her Benny Silas Kitto Hocking
  • As he said this we were passing a house the long whitewashed front of which abutted glimmering on the road.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • At that moment Napoleon, in a round hat and plain citizen's cloak, turned out of the alley which abutted on the terrace.

  • He ran down the passage, and found him sure enough at the end of it where it abutted on the street.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • With this object in view, we reconnoitred the British cemetery which abutted on the hospital grounds.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • He vanished behind a laburnum, and appeared again clambering over a fence that abutted on the open down.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • Seeking a willow island which abutted on the channel, we made a tent of the sail and stood the brief storm quite comfortably.

  • The nave is flanked with the usual aisles, which in turn are abutted with ten chapels on either side.

British Dictionary definitions for abutted


verb abuts, abutting, abutted
usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
Word Origin
C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress
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Word Origin and History for abutted



mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

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