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Definitions of abate word
- verb abate If something bad or undesirable abates, it becomes much less strong or severe. 3
- verb abate to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc 3
- verb abate to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance) 3
- verb abate to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action) 3
- verb abate to annul (a writ) 3
- verb abate (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void 3
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Origin of abate
First appearance:before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French abatre to beat down, equivalent to a- a-5 + batre < Late Latin batere for Latin battuere to beat; a- perhaps also understood as a-3
Parts of speech for Abate
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for abate
- slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
- slacken — If something slackens or if you slacken it, it becomes slower, less active, or less intense.
- ebb — the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to flood, flow).
- wane — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
- dwindle — to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
- slack — not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.
Antonyms for abate
- increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
- grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
- incite — to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.
- amplify — If you amplify a sound, you make it louder, usually by using electronic equipment.
- intensify — to make intense or more intense.
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