A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-beyt]
    • /əˈbeɪt/
    • /əˈbeɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-beyt]
    • /əˈbeɪt/

Definitions of abates word

  • verb with object abates to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm. 1
  • verb with object abates Law. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance). to suspend or extinguish (an action). to annul (a writ). 1
  • verb with object abates to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost. 1
  • verb with object abates to omit: to abate all mention of names. 1
  • verb with object abates to 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. 1
  • verb without object abates to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated. 1

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Origin of abates

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

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abates popularity

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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

abates usage trend in Literature

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