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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Definitions for abate

  1. to make or become less in force or intensity; decrease or diminish
  2. to be at an end; become null and void
  3. to deduct from something; reduce

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Citations for abate
Chicago law requires the landlord to abate lead paint hazards and provides fines up to $500 for each violation. Ed Sacks, Chicago Sun-Times
Still, behind the scenes, he was desperately trying to cajole support from colleagues warily assessing whether the perfect storm that had engulfed him would abate--or sweep him into oblivion. Howard Fineman, Newsweek
Origin of abate
c.1270, from Old French abattre "beat down," from Latin ad "to" + battuere "to beat"; secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir