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.
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Some reforms, such as government reimbursement of telehealth consultations, may be reversed when the crisis abates.
Targeted adjustments, elbows, needles, and electrotherapy abated the pain for a day or two at most.
The political crisis in Ethiopia is not showing signs of abating.Ethiopia’s escalating regional political crisis has roots in its federal system|Mulugeta G Berhe|September 3, 2020|Quartz
Producers say the company’s initial arrogance has abated as its strategy appears to be shifting from mobile-only unicorn to table-stakes streamer.‘They got the memo’: Quibi changes tone, tact after failed debut|Tim Peterson|August 12, 2020|Digiday
That interest eventually abated as buyers stockpiled enough programming to fill their pipelines for a time.TV networks begin to signal willingness to prioritize streaming over linear|Tim Peterson|July 29, 2020|Digiday
Some express a feeling of hopelessness and that their intractable sadness will never 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.
He noted that the worst of the storm had passed, and the accompanying record surge would abate with the tide.New York City’s Sandy Disaster: A Meteorological 9/11?|Michael Daly|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is therefore our duty, sir, to protect our principal, and we cannot consent to abate one jot or tittle of our rights.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
An appeal by a member of a subordinate lodge from a vote of expulsion does not abate by his death while the appeal is pending.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
He had a vanity easily lacerated, and he was now too savage to abate the ferocity of his forensic attack.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The Abate Ziak, both by precept and example, taught me to support my sufferings with calmness and resignation.
We were much hurt, but we obtained as his successor the Abate Ziak, another learned and worthy divine.
British Dictionary definitions for abate
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)