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.
(law) a person who effects an abatement
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.
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 […]
. Contemporary Examples The other change was in the symbolism of the abaya—its significance was no longer of a religious and social nature only. Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights October 29, 2014 Historical Examples It inflicted a horrible wound, but he nevertheless ran away […]