[ uh-buht ]
/ əˈbʌt /

verb (used without object), a·but·ted, a·but·ting.

to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against): This piece of land abuts on a street.

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

to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
to support by an abutment.


Nearby words

  1. abury,
  2. abusage,
  3. abuse,
  4. abuser,
  5. abusive,
  6. abutilon,
  7. abutment,
  8. abuttal,
  9. abuttals,
  10. abutter

Origin of abut

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2

Related formsun·a·but·ting, adjective

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/ (əˈbʌt) /

verb abuts, abutting or abutted

(usually foll by on, upon, or against) to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end

Word Origin for abut

C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress

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Word Origin and History for abut



mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

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