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 abates
It abates one's relish for enjoyment, it tempers one's thirst for present pleasures; it loosens one's hold upon things mundane.Missy|Miriam Coles Harris
Impossible to march against it in our weakened condition; must camp here till it abates.A Man's Woman|Frank Norris
Besides, in them it abates wicked thoughts, and the desire of worldly delights.The Monastery|Sir Walter Scott
Whether or not it abates one half the guilt, I make the confession.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders|William A. Alcott
In comes Ailie: one look at her quiets and abates the eager students.Spare Hours|John Brown
British Dictionary definitions for abates
- 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 abates
"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.