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abate

Verb

1 make less active or intense [syn: slake, slack]
2 become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" [syn: let up, slack off, slack, die away]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • RP:
    • /əˈbeɪt/
    • /@"beIt/
    Rhymes: -eɪt

Etymology 1

From Old French abatre "to beat down", from Late Latin abatere, formed from ab- or ad- + battere, from Latin battuere "to beat".

Verb

  1. To bring down or reduce to a lower state, number, degree or estimation; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short.
    Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
    • 1605: She hath abated me of half my train — William Shakespeare, King Lear, II.ii
    • 1611: His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. — Deuteronomy 34:7
    • To abate the edge of envy. - Francis Bacon
  2. To bring down (a person) physically or mentally; to humble; to depress.
  3. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; to experience a diminution of force or of intensity.
    The pain abates.
    The storm abated.
    • The fury of Glengarry ... rapidly abated. - Thomas Macaulay
  4. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate some amount from a price or count.
    • Nine thousand parishes, abating the odd hundreds. - Fuller
  5. To bar; to except.
  6. To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; to destroy; to level with the ground.
    To abate a nuisance.
    To abate a writ.
    • The King of Scots ... sore abated the walls. - Edward Hall
  7. To be defeated or come to naught; to fall through; to fail.
    The writ has abated.
Translations
to bring down a person physically or mentally
to bring down or reduce to a lower state
to decrease or become less
to beat down
to deduct
to bar, to except
to blunt
to reduce in estimation
to bring entirely down or put an end to
to diminish, to reduce
to be defeated

Noun

  1. abatement. - Sir T. Browne

Etymology 2

From Italian abate

Noun

  1. An Italian abbot.

Shorthand

Italian

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. abbot

Related terms

Novial

Noun

abate

Related terms

Romanian

Etymology

from Italian abate

Noun

abate , pl. abaţi

Extensive Definition

Abate may refer to:
abate in German: Abate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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