- to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
- to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
- to suspend or extinguish (an action).
- to annul (a writ).
- to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
- to omit: to abate all mention of names.
- to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.
- 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.
Origin of abate
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Related Wordsslow, slacken, ebb, wane, dwindle, recede, taper, subside, decrease, diminish, dull, decline, subdue, reduce, coast, quell, allay, moderate, cool, unlax
Examples 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
October 31, 2014
Even facing such an uncertain future, the refugee crisis shows no sign of abating.Refugees Head to Sicily in ‘Biblical Exodus’
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 24, 2014
Despite an international outcry, there appear to be no signs that a military crackdown on the media is abating.Egypt To Newspapers: Support The Army Or Else
February 27, 2014
There is little sign, of course, that this behavior is abating.Wanted: Moderate GOP Activists
January 10, 2013
The drug war shows no signs of abating in Mexico and the appetite for drugs in the United States remains high.Border Patrol Agent’s Death Dubbed Friendly Fire
October 6, 2012
But his contempt was abating; he was growing uneasy; Philip was before him as fierce as ever.The Manxman
The gale still held on, however, and we saw no signs of its abating.Masterpieces of Mystery
Indeed, communication was not difficult now that the force of the gale was abating.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
The wind is abating, madam,—the worst is over; and now to my question.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
In the meantime the Queen's anger was abating, and the trouble was blowing over.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
- to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etcthe storm has abated
- (tr) law
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- 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
Word Origin and History for abating
"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.