Definition of Abate

1. Verb. Make less active or intense.

Exact synonyms: Slack, Slake
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Abatable, Abator, Slack

2. Verb. Become less in amount or intensity. "The rain let up after a few hours"
Exact synonyms: Die Away, Let Up, Slack, Slack Off
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Derivative terms: Abatement, Letup

Definition of Abate

1. v. t. To beat down; to overthrow.

2. v. i. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.

3. n. Abatement.

Definition of Abate

1. Verb. (transitive) To bring down or reduce to a lower state, number, degree or value; to diminish.(defdate First attested in 1325)(reference-book last = Dobbie first = Elliott K. coauthors = Dunmore, C. William, et al. editor = Barnhart, Robert K. title = Chambers Dictionary of Etymology origyear = 1998 year = 2004 publisher = Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd location = Edinburgh, Scotland isbn =0550142304 pages = 2) ¹

2. Verb. (context: transitive obsolete) To humble; to lower in status. ¹

3. Verb. (context: transitive) To beat down, cut away, or lower in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as in stoneworking, or metalworking. ¹

4. Verb. (context: transitive) To deprive. ¹

5. Verb. (context: transitive obsolete) To dull the edge or point of; to blunt. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To deduct or omit. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To bar or except. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To bring someone down physically or mentally. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive legal) To put an end to; to do away with. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive legal) To nullify; make void. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive legal) To be defeated or come to naught. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To decrease, or lessen in force, intensity, or value; to subside. ¹

13. Verb. (archaic) To destroy, or level to the ground ¹

14. Verb. (context: intransitive legal) To enter a residence without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession. ¹

15. Noun. (obsolete) abatement. - Sir Thomas Browne ¹

16. Noun. An Italian abbot. ¹

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Definition of Abate

1. to reduce in degree or intensity [v ABATED, ABATING, ABATES] : ABATABLE [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Abate

abatable nuisance
abate (current term)
abatement of a nuisance

Literary usage of Abate

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1. Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Abate Metastasio: In which are Charles Burney by Charles Burney (1796)
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2. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"527 (pi. abate.). So a plea that a grand juror was not a freeholder was ... 386 (pL abate.). It was held that the New Fork Statute of April 16, 1827, ..."

3. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order with Copious Illustrations by George Crabb (1887)
"abate, transitively taken, signifies to bring down, if, to make less in height or degree by means of force or a particular effort, ..."

4. A Digest of the Laws of England by Anthony Hammond, John Comyns (1824)
"138. (H 56.) For matters ex post facto,—estate determined pending the writ, 2. If hen it does not abate the writ. p. 139. 1. When it abates the writ. p. ..."

5. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Time would undoubtedly abate somewhat of his sufferings, but still it was a sort of thing which he never could get entirely the better of; ..."

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