Abated



to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish:
to abate a tax; to abate one’s enthusiasm.
Law.

to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
to suspend or extinguish (an action).
to annul (a writ).

to deduct or subtract:
to abate part of the cost.
to omit:
to abate all mention of names.
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.
to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.:
The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
Law. to end; become null and void.
Contemporary Examples

The rain that had poured down on everyone there for hours had abated.
Watch Out, Vatican City: Francis Is Here Christopher Dickey March 12, 2013

The government, which stopped publishing crime statistics years ago, insists that violence has abated.
Former Miss Venezuela Murdered In Roadside Attack Mac Margolis January 8, 2014

His white voters are aging, and the statewide concern about illegal immigration has abated now that rates are at a historic low.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Birther Brouhaha Terry Greene Sterling July 18, 2012

This habit has now abated for fear of being locked in the social equivalent of the Tower of London.
Royal Pal: People Were ‘Horrible’ to Kate and Pippa Tom Sykes February 28, 2012

But the level of anti-American grievance Obama observed and deplored in 2008-2009 has not abated.
Muslims to Obama: No We Won’t David Frum September 21, 2012

Historical Examples

Interest and zeal has abated before the work is complete, or it was entered upon thoughtlessly without having counted the cost.
India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin

This was to throw a sort of defiance to the fear; and certainly as often as I did so it abated.
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood George MacDonald

To the spiritual life a universal character is indispensable; of this claim nothing can be abated.
Life’s Basis and Life’s Ideal Rudolf Eucken

This so diminished her feeling of triumph, that for a week or so her love for Florent abated.
The Fat and the Thin Emile Zola

But prejudice has abated, and confidence in us has increased since the war.
The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith

verb
to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc: the storm has abated
(transitive) (law)

to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
to annul (a writ)

(intransitive) (law) (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void
(transitive) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price
v.

“put an end to” (c.1300); “to grow less, diminish in power or influence” (early 14c.), from Old French abattre “beat down, cast down,” from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad “to” (see ad-) + battuere “to beat” (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of “to fell, slaughter” is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.

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