Abate
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 — /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

  • Abate — (geistlicher Titel in Italien und Spanien, Abt) steht für: Carlo Maria Abate (* 1932), italienischer Autorennfahrer Fabio Abate (* 1966), Schweizer Politiker Giovanni Abate (Fußballspieler, 1976) (* 1976), italienischer Fußballspieler Giovanni… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Abate — A*bate ([.a]*b[=a]t ), v. i. [See {Abate}, v. t.] 1. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. [1913 Webster] The fury of Glengarry . . . rapidly abated. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To be defeated, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • abate — a‧bate [əˈbeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] formal to become less strong or damaging, or to make something do this: • The level of wage settlements has shown no signs of abating in recent months. abatement noun [uncountable] : • the cost of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Abate — may refer to: * A brand name for temefos * ABATE, a motorcycle club * Abate (surname) * AbatementDefinition:to weaken, make less.Synonyms:decrease,nullify,stop,quit …   Wikipedia

  • abate — abate; abate·ment; …   English syllables

  • abate — sustantivo masculino 1. Clérigo francés o italiano o eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho tiempo en Italia o Francia: El abate Marchena es una figura importante de la literatura española. 2. Clérigo cortesano y frívolo del siglo XVIII: En… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • abate — (Del it. abate). 1. m. Eclesiástico de órdenes menores, y a veces simple tonsurado, que solía vestir traje clerical a la romana. 2. Presbítero extranjero, especialmente francés o italiano, y también eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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