to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish:
to abate a tax; to abate one’s enthusiasm.
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 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.
There is little sign, of course, that this behavior is abating.
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Unemployment may be abating, but it’s still abnormally high.
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The drug war shows no signs of abating in Mexico and the appetite for drugs in the United States remains high.
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Which means that, in the end, the decade belonged to Christopher Nolan, which shows no sign of abating.
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And yet the idea that putting your convention in a crucial swing state will help you win it shows no signs of abating.
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The gale still held on, however, and we saw no signs of its abating.
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The wind is abating, madam,—the worst is over; and now to my question.
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She opened the door and stood for a moment before stepping into the abating storm.
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In the meantime the Queen’s anger was abating, and the trouble was blowing over.
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But his contempt was abating; he was growing uneasy; Philip was before him as fierce as ever.
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to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc: the storm has abated
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
“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.
an obstacle or barricade of trees with bent or sharpened branches directed toward an enemy. a barbed wire entanglement used as an obstacle or barricade against an enemy. Historical Examples “Orderly, take the company back into the abatis, and look for the boys,” ordered Capt. McGillicuddy. Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) John McElroy He […]
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. […]
the slaughter of animals, especially the slaughter of diseased animals to prevent the infection of others.
a slaughterhouse. Contemporary Examples The abattoir was being used as a distribution plant for the meat of cattle slaughtered outside the city. What Intolerant Buddhist Monks Are Doing to Sri Lanka Kapil Komireddi April 11, 2013 A view down into the wild, Art Deco abattoir now called the 1933 Center in Shanghai. A Slaughterhouse with […]
being or situated away from the axis: the abaxial surface of a leaf. Historical Examples From, away from, as in abaxial, lying outside of or away from any body or part. Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern Feet strongly curved, longer than the shell, with a series of short conical spines on the […]