abet

[ uh-bet ]
/ əˈbɛt /

verb (used with object), a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting.

to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM abet

a·bet·ment, a·bet·tal, nounun·a·bet·ted, adjectiveun·a·bet·ting, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abet

abet
/ (əˈbɛt) /

verb abets, abetting or abetted

(tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing

Derived forms of abet

abetment or abettal, nounabetter or esp law abettor, noun

Word Origin for abet

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