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verb (used without object), a·but·ted, a·but·ting.
  1. 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.
  1. to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
  2. to support by an abutment.

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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Related Words for abutting

adjoin, join, neighbor

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British Dictionary definitions for abutting


verb abuts, abutting or abutted
  1. (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 abutting



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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