verb (used with object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
- to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
- to suspend or extinguish (an action).
- to annul (a writ).
verb (used without object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
Origin of abate
Examples from the Web for abate
That modern science has repeatedly affirmed their findings does little to abate the continuing doubt.Shanin Specter on His 50 Years With the Single Bullet Theory|Shanin Specter|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, under different circumstances, with other kinds of modern Jewish women, their anger might start to abate.Talking to Women of the Wall's Ultra-Orthodox Teenage Protesters|Elisheva Goldberg|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To abate the overload, The Daily Beast created its first list of the best destinations on the Web.
Deficits will begin to shrink; the country's present desperate mood will abate.
The purge marked a bold effort by the Islamist leader to abate widespread anger over the attack.Mohamed Morsi Stages a Risky Palace Coup Sacking Egyptian Army Chief|Vivian Salama|August 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nor was he so illogical as to abate one item of his old confessions.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
After this the ship began to ride more easily, though the hurricane continued until near sunset, when it began to abate.Peter Trawl|W. H. G. Kingston
If there are not sufficient assets to pay the general legatees they must abate rateably.
As soon as the storm began to abate Rachel said, “I think, Frank, it is time you began to use your gun.”Winter Adventures of Three Boys|Egerton R. Young
Honour us so far, as to permit nothing to abate our love for you.Alphonso and Marina|Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
British Dictionary definitions for abate
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)
Word Origin for abate
Word Origin and History for abate
"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.