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 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?|Kevin Fallon|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government, which stopped publishing crime statistics years ago, insists that violence has abated.
The rain that had poured down on everyone there for hours had abated.
But the level of anti-American grievance Obama observed and deplored in 2008-2009 has not abated.
This habit has now abated for fear of being locked in the social equivalent of the Tower of London.Royal Pal: People Were ‘Horrible’ to Kate and Pippa|Tom Sykes|February 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then Sir Beaumains abated his countenance and said, What meaneth this?Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)|Thomas Malory
His pulse was more regular, and although still very quick, abated in number ten strokes in a minute.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air|Joseph Priestley
At his accession the dissensions caused by the faction of Eulalius (see Boniface I.) had not yet abated.
By the time the tales have gone round, the heat of the sun will have abated, and we can then divert ourselves as best we like.
Each time he abated his pretensions, and each time I slightly increased my offer.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for abated
- 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 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.