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.
- a·bat·a·ble, adjective
- a·bat·er; Law. a·ba·tor, noun
- un·a·bat·a·ble, adjective
- un·a·bat·ing, adjective
- un·a·bat·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use abate in a sentence
As we learned more about the coronavirus, and restaurants instituted safety measures, my worry abated.Give in to pandemic cravings, starting with a homemade cheesesteak sandwich | David Hagedorn | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Scott said more restrictions could be on the way if the city’s infection rate does not abate.Today in D.C.: Headlines to start your Thursday in D.C., Maryland and Virginia | Dana Hedgpeth, Teddy Amenabar | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Scott said more restrictions could be added if the city’s infection rate does not abate.Maryland jurisdictions announce tougher coronavirus restrictions as region’s caseloads surge | Erin Cox, Rachel Chason, Julie Zauzmer, Patricia Sullivan | December 9, 2020 | Washington Post
When cases abated, some of those restrictions were eased — and, before too long, Covid-19 cases were spiking again.
The city is also issuing bonds to abate property and other taxes over a 20-year term to cover the first $500 million investment by Netflix to build out the production facility.Netflix commits $1 billion to make New Mexico home to one of the world’s largest studios | Jonathan Shieber | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
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 | THE 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.
The great fears were chronic, never abating, threatening to wear you down.
And with little sign of prices abating, Maker's Mark may be looking for a way to keep their prices down.
The furore which the steam-engine has excited and so long maintained in the mechanical world is decidedly abating.
Meanwhile, the latter began to show signs of abating energy after twelve hours' work.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
The fury of the storm was abating and the lightning flashes were becoming less frequent.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
The fever was abating, still the deft fingers dripping with the water pressed the fevered face.The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
The good woman warmed some soup, and the storm not abating, I lay down to rest—to rest, do I say?'Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 442 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for abate
to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc: the storm has abated
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
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