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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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  • With this object in view, we reconnoitred the British cemetery which abutted on the hospital grounds.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • Opening the door that abutted on to a field beyond, he bade Hogan mount.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Then we turned our horses, and I shaped our course so as to strike the top of the long lane that abutted on the down.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • 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
  • Seeking a willow island which abutted on the channel, we made a tent of the sail and stood the brief storm quite comfortably.

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

  • They went as far up-stream as the little steamer could run, and then landed on the bank which abutted on some rushy meadows.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • And it had no frontier which abutted upon friendly country nearer than the Caucasus, an almost hopeless journey to attempt.

  • 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
  • It was both bell and clock tower, and abutted on to both the cathedral proper and St. Gregory's.

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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