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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/
    • /əˈbet/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/

Definitions of abetted word

  • verb with object abetted to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. 1
  • noun abetted Encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular, to commit a crime or other offense. 1
  • verb abetted simple past tense and past participle of abet. 0

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Origin of abetted

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English abette (whence Old French abeter, unless perhaps the latter, of Germanic orig., be the source for the ME), Old English *ābǣtan to hound on, equivalent to ā- a-3 + bǣtan to bait, akin to bite

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Parts of speech for Abetted


abetted 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.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abetted usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abetted

adjective abetted

  • aided — to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
  • assisted — to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
  • helped — to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages.

Antonyms for abetted

verb abetted

  • hindered — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • prevented — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • stopped — to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.
  • discouraged — to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  • opposed — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

noun abetted

  • stayed — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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