abet

  • 1abet — /ə bet/ vt abet·ted, abet·ting: to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime often used in the phrase aid and abet abet·ment n abet·tor also abet·ter /ə be tər/ n Merriam Webster’s… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2Abet — A*bet , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abetting}.] [OF. abeter; a (L. ad) + beter to bait (as a bear), fr. Icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally, to cause to bite, fr. Icel. b[=i]ta to bite, hence to bait, to incite.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3abet — abet; abet·ment; abet·tor; abet·ter; …

    English syllables

  • 4Abet — A*bet , n. [OF. abet, fr. abeter.] Act of abetting; aid. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5Abet — may refer to:* Abet Guidaben (20th century), former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player * Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, a non profit organizationee also* Abettor …

    Wikipedia

  • 6abet — ► VERB (abetted, abetting) (usu. in phrase aid and abet) ▪ encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES abetment noun abetter (also abettor) noun. ORIGIN Old French abeter, from be …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7abet — (v.) late 14c. (implied in abetting), from O.Fr. abeter to bait, to harass with dogs, lit. to cause to bite, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + beter to bait, from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan incite, or O.N. beita cause to bite,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8abet — *incite, foment, instigate Analogous words: aid, assist, *help: back, *support, uphold: cooperate, concur (see UNITE): forward, further, promote (see ADVANCE) Antonyms: deter (with a personal subject) Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9abet — [v] assist, help in wrongdoing advocate, back, condone, egg on*, encourage, endorse, goad, incite, instigate, prod, promote, provoke, sanction, spur, support, urge; concepts 14,110 Ant. counter, deter, discourage, frustrate, hinder, hurt, impede …

    New thesaurus

  • 10abet — [ə bet′] vt. abetted, abetting [ME abetten < OFr abeter, to incite < a , to + beter, to bait < ON beita: see BAIT] to incite, sanction, or help, esp. in wrongdoing abetment n. abettor n. abetter …

    English World dictionary

  • 11abet — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) * * * [ə bet] (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12abet — [[t]əbe̱t[/t]] abets, abetting, abetted 1) VERB If one person abets another, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. Abet is often used in the legal expression aid and abet . [LEGAL or, FORMAL] [V n] His wife was sentenced… …

    English dictionary

  • 13abet — abetment, abettal, n. /euh bet /, v.t., abetted, abetting. to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. [1275 1325; ME abette (whence OF abeter, unless perh. the latter, of… …

    Universalium

  • 14abet — UK [əˈbet] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abet : present tense I/you/we/they abet he/she/it abets present participle abetting past tense abetted past participle abetted formal to help or encourage someone to do something immoral or illegal •… …

    English dictionary

  • 15abet — To encourage, incite, or set another on to commit a crime. This word is usually applied to aiding in the commission of a crime. To abet another to commit a murder is to command, procure, counsel, encourage, induce, or assist. Wyatt v. U. S., 388… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 16abet — To encourage, incite, or set another on to commit a crime. This word is usually applied to aiding in the commission of a crime. To abet another to commit a murder is to command, procure, counsel, encourage, induce, or assist. Wyatt v. U. S., 388… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17abet — Synonyms and related words: advance, advocate, aid, aid and abet, approve of, ask for, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, befriend, benefit, comfort, condone, countenance, do for, do good, doctor, ease, egg, egg on, embolden, encourage,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18abet — a|bet [əˈbet] v past tense and past participle abetted present participle abetting [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: abeter, from beter to bait ] to help someone do something wrong or illegal →aid and abet at ↑aid2 (3) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19abet — [ə bɛt] verb (abets, abetting, abetted) (usu. in phr. aid and abet) encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime. Derivatives abetment noun abetter (also abettor) noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20abet — verb abetted, abetting (T) to help someone do something wrong or illegal see also: aid and abet …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English