- to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
- to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
- to suspend or extinguish (an action).
- to annul (a writ).
- to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
- to omit: to abate all mention of names.
- to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.
- to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
- Law. to end; become null and void.
Origin of abate
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Related Wordslifelong, continuous, continuing, habitual, recurrent, protracted, persistent, sustained, deep-rooted, deep-seated, continual, constant, incurable, lingering, recurring, stubborn, ingrained, abiding, enduring, lasting
Examples from the Web for unabating
For some hours the fight was continued with unabating obstinacy on both sides.Saint George for England
G. A. Henty
Since then her success has swept onward with unabating force.Stars of the Opera
What Petrarch began in the fourteenth century was carried on by a new generation with unabating industry.
And all night, lagging far behind in his unabating caution, the panther followed him.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
Woman, bless her dear, ambitious heart, seeks with unabating energy the ways and means of becoming beautiful.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
- to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etcthe storm has abated
- (tr) law
- to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)
- (intr) law (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void
- (tr) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price
Word Origin and History for unabating
"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.