A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-buht]
    • /əˈbʌt/
    • /əˈbʌt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buht]
    • /əˈbʌt/

Definitions of abut word

  • verb abut When land or a building abuts something or abuts on something, it is next to it. 3
  • verb abut to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end 3
  • intransitive verb abut to end (on) or lean (upon) at one end; border (on); terminate (against) 3
  • verb transitive abut to end at; border upon 3
  • verb without object abut to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against): This piece of land abuts on a street. 1
  • verb with object abut to be adjacent to; border on; end at. 1

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Origin of abut

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2

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Parts of speech for Abut


abut popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% 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.

abut usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abut

verb abut

  • adjoin — If one room, place, or object adjoins another, they are next to each other.
  • join — to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together: to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
  • neighbor — a person who lives near another.
  • border — The border between two countries or regions is the dividing line between them. Sometimes the border also refers to the land close to this line.
  • touch — to put the hand, finger, etc., on or into contact with (something) to feel it: He touched the iron cautiously.

noun abut

  • edge — a line or border at which a surface terminates: Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
  • butt — Someone's butt is their bottom.

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