[ uh-beyt ]
/ əˈbeɪt /
verb (used with object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
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
a·bat·a·ble, adjectivea·bat·er; Law. a·ba·tor, nounun·a·bat·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·bat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abator (1 of 2)
/ (əˈbeɪtə) /
law a person who effects an abatement
British Dictionary definitions for abator (2 of 2)
/ (əˈbeɪt) /
to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etcthe 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
Word Origin for abate
C14: from Old French abatre to beat down, fell
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