abate

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
>
b. nullify 1 <
abate a writ
>
2. a. to reduce in degree or intensity ; moderate <
may abate their rancor to win peace
>
b. to reduce in value or amount ; make less especially by way of relief <
abate a tax
>
3. deduct, omit <
abate part of the price
>
4. a. to beat down or cut away so as to leave a figure in relief b. obsolete blunt 5. deprive 2 intransitive verb 1. to decrease in force or intensity 2. a. to become defeated or become null or void b. to decrease in amount or value • abater noun Synonyms: abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing <
the storm abated
>
. subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation <
the protests subsided after a few days
>
. wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive <
waning enthusiasm
>
. ebb suggests the receding of something (as the tide) that commonly comes and goes <
the ebbing of daylight
>
. Synonym: see in addition decrease.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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