To abate a tax
Abate A*bate" ([.a]*b[=a]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abated}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Abating}.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F. abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. {Bate}, {Batter}.] 1. To beat down; to overthrow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The King of Scots . . . sore abated the walls. --Edw. Hall. [1913 Webster]

2. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope. [1913 Webster]

His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. --Deut. xxxiv. 7. [1913 Webster]

3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price. [1913 Webster]

Nine thousand parishes, abating the odd hundreds. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. To blunt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To abate the edge of envy. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

5. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

She hath abated me of half my train. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) (a) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ. (b) (Eng. Law) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets. [1913 Webster]

{To abate a tax}, to remit it either wholly or in part. [1913 Webster]


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  • Abate — A*bate ([.a]*b[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abated}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Abating}.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F. abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. {Bate}, {Batter}.] 1. To beat down; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abate — a•bate [[t]əˈbeɪt[/t]] v. a•bat•ed, a•bat•ing 1) to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one s enthusiasm[/ex] 2) law Law. a) to stop or suppress (an action, nuisance, etc.) b) to annul (a writ) 3) …   From formal English to slang

  • a|bat´or — a|bate «uh BAYT», verb, a|bat|ed, a|bat|ing. –v.t. 1. to make less in force or intensity; decrease; diminish: »The medicine abated his pain. Soft words did not abate her fury …   Useful english dictionary

  • a|bat´er — a|bate «uh BAYT», verb, a|bat|ed, a|bat|ing. –v.t. 1. to make less in force or intensity; decrease; diminish: »The medicine abated his pain. Soft words did not abate her fury …   Useful english dictionary

  • a|bate — «uh BAYT», verb, a|bat|ed, a|bat|ing. –v.t. 1. to make less in force or intensity; decrease; diminish: »The medicine abated his pain. Soft words did not abate her fury …   Useful english dictionary

  • abate — abatable, adj. abater; Law. abator, n. /euh bayt /, v., abated, abating. v.t. 1. to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one s enthusiasm. 2. Law. a. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance). b.… …   Universalium

  • abate — /əˈbeɪt / (say uh bayt) verb (abated, abating) –verb (t) 1. to reduce in amount, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one s enthusiasm. 2. Law to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance); suspend or extinguish (an action);… …   Australian English dictionary

  • abate — /ə bāt/ vb abat·ed, abat·ing [Old French abattre, literally, to knock down, from a , prefix stressing result + battre to beat] vt 1 a: to put an end to or do away with abate a nuisance b: make void: null …   Law dictionary

  • tax — 1 vt [Medieval Latin taxare to assess for taxation, tax, from Latin, to assess, value, fix] 1: to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court) 2: to levy a tax on tax the corporation tax capital gains tax·er n tax 2 …   Law dictionary

  • abate — verb (abated; abating) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French abatre to strike down more at rebate Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to put an end to < abate a nuisance > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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