Definition of abate
- Rhymes: -eɪt
From Middle English, from Old French abatre (“to beat down”), from Late Latin abbatto, from ab- (“away”) + batto, from Latin battuere (“to beat”). Cognates: French abattre
abate (third-person singular simple present abates, present participle abating, simple past and past participle abated)
- (transitive) To bring down or reduce to a lower state, number, degree or estimation.
Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
- (intransitive) To diminish in force or intensity.
The pain abates.
Order restrictions and prohibitions to abate an emergency situation.
- (transitive) To deduct or omit.
We will abate this price from the total.
- (transitive) To bar or except.
- (transitive) To bring someone down physically or mentally.
- (transitive, law) To put an end to; to do away with.
to abate a nuisance
to abate a writ
- (intransitive, law) To be defeated or come to naught.
The writ has abated.
- (archaic) To destroy, or level to the ground
- (bring down or reduce): lessen; diminish; contract; moderate; cut short; decrease
- (diminish in force or intensity): diminish; subside; decline
- (bring someone down): humble; depress
- (come to naught): fall through; fail
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