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verb (used with object),a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting.
  1. to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.

Origin of abet

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English abette (source of Old French abeter, unless the latter, of Germanic origin, is the source of the Middle English), unattested Old English ābǣtan “to hound on,” equivalent to ā- a-3 + bǣtan “to hunt, chase with dogs, pasture”; see origin at bait; akin to bite

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Other words from abet

  • a·bet·ment, a·bet·tal, noun
  • un·a·bet·ted, adjective
  • un·a·bet·ting, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abet


/ (əˈbɛt) /

verbabets, abetting or abetted
  1. (tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing

Origin of abet

C14: from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait

Derived forms of abet

  • abetment or abettal, noun
  • abetter or esp law abettor, noun

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