IPA: ʌbˈeɪt


  • (uncountable) Abatement; reduction; (countable) an instance of this.
  • (uncountable) Deduction; subtraction; (countable) an instance of this.
  • An Italian abbot or other member of the clergy.
  • A surname from Italian.


  • (transitive)
  • To lessen (something) in force or intensity; to moderate.
  • To reduce (something) in amount or size.
  • To cut away or hammer down (material from metalwork, a sculpture, etc.) in such a way as to leave a figure in relief.
  • To lower (something) in price or value.
  • (archaic)
  • To demolish or level to the ground (a building or other structure).
  • To give no consideration to (something); to treat as an exception.
  • (chiefly figuratively) To dull (an edge, point, etc.); to blunt.
  • (law)
  • To make (a writ or other legal document) void; to nullify.
  • To put an end to (a nuisance).
  • (chiefly US) To dismiss or otherwise bring to an end (legal proceedings) before they are completed, especially on procedural grounds rather than on the merits.
  • (obsolete)
  • To curtail or end (something); to cause to cease.
  • To give (someone) a discount or rebate; also, to relieve (someone) of a debt.
  • To bring down (someone) mentally or physically; to lower (someone) in status.
  • Chiefly followed by from, of, etc.: to omit or remove (a part from a whole); to deduct, to subtract.
  • Chiefly followed by of: to deprive (someone or something of another thing).
  • (intransitive)
  • To decrease in force or intensity; to subside.
  • To decrease in amount or size.
  • To lower in price or value; (law) specifically, of a bequest in a will: to lower in value because the testator's estate is insufficient to satisfy all the bequests in full.
  • (archaic, chiefly figuratively) Of an edge, point, etc.: to become blunt or dull.
  • (chiefly historical) Of a writ or other legal document: to become null and void; to cease to have effect.
  • (chiefly US) Of legal proceedings: to be dismissed or otherwise brought to an end before they are completed, especially on procedural grounds rather than on the merits.
  • To give a discount or rebate; to discount, to rebate.
  • To bow down; hence, to be abased or humbled.
  • Chiefly followed by of: to deduct or subtract from.
  • (transitive, intransitive, law, chiefly historical) To enter upon and unlawfully seize (land) after the owner has died, thus preventing an heir from taking possession of it.

Examples of "abate" in Sentences

  • They waited for the storm to abate.
  • The landlord refused to give any abatement.
  • Once the gale had abated, the British regrouped.
  • The school was in need of a strong abatement program.
  • He said: "It doesn't seem to abate, that is for sure.
  • The disruptions of the Spanish missions did not abate.
  • A tax abatement sought from the city was unsuccessful.
  • The template failed to abate the guy's destructive vigor.
  • In the evening the gale abated, and at midnight it fell calm.
  • It promotes the abatement of hatred by promoting reasoned debate.
  • This is progressive and does not abate until the death of the person.
  • "I don't think the protests are going to abate anytime soon short of Mubarak leaving."
  • The declines came after a strong week for the euro as worries about Greece appeared to abate.
  • Finally, it would largely abate from the sympathy which late events have elicited from foreign nation
  • "innovation among copyright [infringers]" did not really "abate" with the introduction of the iPod/iTunes.
  • It is a clip of abate, from the Old French abattre, “to beat down,” and now it means “to moderate, subside, reduce, ebb.”
  • And with the National Weather Service forecasting more severe weather from Texas to the Great Lakes through today, the calls aren't likely to abate.
  • While it would be helpful for the market were the mutual-fund withdrawals to abate, that isn't necessary for the stock market to rally, Mr. O'Rourke says.
  • He wanted to "abate" such unnecessary confusion by advance planning and by assigning jobs of different variety to different artisans of different skills and talents.

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