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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/
    • /ə.ˈbet.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/

Definitions of abetting word

  • verb with object abetting to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. 1
  • noun abetting Present participle of abet. 1
  • noun abetting The act of one who abets. 0

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Origin of abetting

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 Abetting


abetting 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.

abetting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abetting

adjective abetting

  • auxiliary — An auxiliary is a person who is employed to assist other people in their work. Auxiliaries are often medical workers or members of the armed forces.
  • supportive — giving support.
  • adjuvant — aiding or assisting
  • appurtenant — relating, belonging, or accessory

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