Verb abate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abate (third-person singular simple present abates, present participle abating, simple past and past participle abated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete outside law) To put an end to; to cause to cease. [1]
  2. (intransitive) To become null and void. [1]
  3. (transitive, law) To nullify; make void. [1]
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally. [1]
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally. [1]
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To curtail; to deprive. [1]
  7. (transitive) To reduce in amount, size, or value. [2][1]
  8. (intransitive) To decrease in size, value, or amount. [2]
  9. (transitive) To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside. [1]
  10. (intransitive) To decrease in intensity or force; to subside. [1]
  11. (transitive) To deduct or omit. [1]
  12. (transitive) To bar or except. [1]
  13. (transitive) To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
  14. (transitive, obsolete) To dull the edge or point of; to blunt. [1]
  15. (transitive, archaic) To destroy, or level to the ground. [1]
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to bring down or reduce to a lower state
to bring down a person physically or mentally
to decrease or make less in strength
to reduce in size, amount, or value
to deduct, to omit
to bar, to except
obsolete: to bring entirely down or put an end to
to be defeated
to cut away
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More definition: reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish, to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.

2.Law. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance). to suspend or extinguish (an action). to annul (a writ). deduct or subtract, to abate part of the cost. omit, to abate all mention of names. remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief. diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc., The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.

7.Law. to end; become null and void.

1. to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc, the storm has abated

2. (transitive) (law) to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance) to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action) to annul (a writ)

3. (intransitive) (law) (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void

4. (transitive) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price Word OriginC14, from Old French abatre to beat down, fellCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"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.


In an hour or so the storm would abate and they could leave.

Loisy's lines; "L' Abate Loisy e it Problema dei Vangeli Sinottici," four long papers signed "H," in Il Rinnovamento (Milan, 1908, 1909) are candid and circumspect.

Verci, Storia della Marca Trevigiana (Venice, 1786); Abate G.

In 1837 with one other representative from°Sangamon county, named Dan Stone, he protested against a series of resolutions, adopted by the Illinois General Assembly, expressing disapproval of the formation of abolition societies and asserting, among other things, that "the right of property in slaves is sacred to the slave holding states under the Federal Constitution"; and Lincoln and Stone put out a paper in which they expressed their belief "that the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy, but that the promulgation of abolition doctrines tends rather to increase than abate its evils," "that the Congress of the United States has no power under the Constitution to interfere with the institution of slavery in the different states," "that the Congress of the United States has the power, under the Constitution, to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia, but that the power ought not to be exercised unless at the request of the people of the District."

Was not willing to abate anything of his full claims. The ministry, therefore, proceeded by internal legislation, and in 1868 introduced three laws: (1) a marriage law transferred the decisions on all questions of marriage from the ecclesiastical to the civil courts, abolished the authority of the canon law, and introduced civil marriage in those cases where the clergy refused to perform the ceremony; (2) the control of secular education was taken from the Church, and the management of schools transferred to local authorities which were to be created by the diets; (3) complete civil equality between Catholics and non-Catholics was established.

The waves of the great movement abate, and on the calm surface eddies are formed in which float the diplomatists, who imagine that they have caused the floods to abate.

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