verb (used with object), a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting.
Origin of abet
Synonyms for abet
Antonyms for abet
verb abets, abetting or abetted
Word Origin for abet
late 14c. (implied in abetting), from Old French abeter "to bait, to harass with dogs," literally "to cause to bite," from a- "to" (see ad-) + beter "to bait," from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan "incite," or Old Norse beita "cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure). Related: Abetted; abetting.