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
Synonyms for abate
Antonyms for abate
Related Words for abatesslow, slacken, ebb, wane, dwindle, recede, taper, subside, decrease, diminish, dull, decline, subdue, reduce, coast, quell, allay, moderate, cool, unlax
Examples from the Web for abates
Historical Examples of abates
In comes Ailie: one look at her quiets and abates the eager students.Spare Hours
In comes Ailie; one look at her quiets and abates the eager students.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6
Charles H. Sylvester
My dear, I have many lonely hours; I have much suffering, which abates enthusiasm.Missy
Miriam Coles Harris
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
The bedchambers have low windows, which abates the dignity of the house.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)
Word Origin for abate
"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.