- to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
- to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
- to suspend or extinguish (an action).
- to annul (a writ).
- to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
- to omit: to abate all mention of names.
- to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.
- to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
- Law. to end; become null and void.
Origin of abate
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Examples from the Web for abated
The tizzy over the storyline was already whipped and then abated over in the U.K., where the episode aired months ago.Was Downton Abbey’s Most Shocking Scene Ever Really That Shocking?
January 13, 2014
The government, which stopped publishing crime statistics years ago, insists that violence has abated.Former Miss Venezuela Murdered In Roadside Attack
January 9, 2014
The rain that had poured down on everyone there for hours had abated.Watch Out, Vatican City: Francis Is Here
March 13, 2013
But the level of anti-American grievance Obama observed and deplored in 2008-2009 has not abated.Muslims to Obama: No We Won't
September 22, 2012
His white voters are aging, and the statewide concern about illegal immigration has abated now that rates are at a historic low.Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Birther Brouhaha
Terry Greene Sterling
July 19, 2012
This was to throw a sort of defiance to the fear; and certainly as often as I did so it abated.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
This so diminished her feeling of triumph, that for a week or so her love for Florent abated.The Fat and the Thin
They can be abated; but again and again they will break out.College Teaching
It will be time enough when all this tumult about the heirship has abated.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
Her nervousness had evidently not yet abated, for she was walking up and down the floor.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
- to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etcthe storm has abated
- (tr) law
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)
- (intr) law (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void
- (tr) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price
Word Origin and History for abated
"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.