A a


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

Definitions of abating word

  • verb with object abating to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm. 1
  • verb with object abating Law. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance). to suspend or extinguish (an action). to annul (a writ). 1
  • verb with object abating to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost. 1
  • verb with object abating to omit: to abate all mention of names. 1
  • verb with object abating 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 abating 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 abating

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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Parts of speech for Abating


abating 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.

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Synonyms for abating

adjective abating

  • flagging — becoming smaller or weaker; dwindling.
  • analeptic — (of a drug, etc) stimulating the central nervous system
  • declining — deteriorating gradually, as in quality, health, or character
  • consolatory — consoling or tending to console; comforting
  • waning — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.

noun abating

  • subsiding — to sink to a low or lower level.

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