verb (used with object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
- to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
- to suspend or extinguish (an action).
- to annul (a writ).
verb (used without object), a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing.
Origin of abate
Synonyms for abate
Antonyms for abate
Related Words for unabatinglifelong, 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
Historical Examples of 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 remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
- to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
- to annul (a writ)
Word Origin for abate
"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.