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abate

[ uh-beyt ]
/ əˈbeɪt /
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verb (used with object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.

verb (used without object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.

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.

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Origin of abate

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French abatre to beat down, equivalent to a-a-5 + batre<Late Latin batere for Latin battuere to beat; a- perhaps also understood as a-3
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British Dictionary definitions for abate

abate
/ (əˈbeɪt) /

verb

to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etcthe storm has abated
(tr) law
  1. to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
  2. to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
  3. 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
C14: from Old French abatre to beat down, fell
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