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.
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Example sentences from the Web for abating
This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease|Abby Haglage|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even facing such an uncertain future, the refugee crisis shows no sign of abating.
Despite an international outcry, there appear to be no signs that a military crackdown on the media is abating.
There is little sign, of course, that this behavior is abating.
The drug war shows no signs of abating in Mexico and the appetite for drugs in the United States remains high.
Evening was now approaching, but the hurricane gave no signs of abating.Paddy Finn|W. H. G. Kingston
Outside the uproar, instead of abating, gathered strength as time went by.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
Before the engagement had any sign of abating, the 17th were ordered to take up the advance for Goldsboro.Soldiering in North Carolina|Thomas Kirwan
We had the gratification of adding to the health of Hartford for two summers by abating the swine nuisance.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
The storm had gone on long and it showed no signs of abating.The Riflemen of the Ohio|Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for abating
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)