Definitions for abateəˈbeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bateəˈbeɪt(v.)a•bat•ed, a•bat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish:

    to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.

  2. Law. to stop or suppress (an action, nuisance, etc.). to annul (a writ).

    Category: Law

  3. to deduct or subtract:

    to abate part of the price.

  4. (v.i.)to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.:

    The storm has abated.

  5. Law. to end; become null and void.

    Category: Law

Origin of abate:

1300–50; ME < MF abatre to beat down =a-a -5+batre < LL batere, for L battuere to beat



Princeton's WordNet

  1. slake, abate, slack(verb)

    make less active or intense

  2. abate, let up, slack off, slack, die away(verb)

    become less in amount or intensity

    "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abate(verb)

    to beat down; to overthrow

  2. Abate(verb)

    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

  3. Abate(verb)

    to deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price

  4. Abate(verb)

    to blunt

  5. Abate(verb)

    to reduce in estimation; to deprive

  6. Abate(verb)

    to bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ

  7. Abate(verb)

    to diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets

  8. Abate(verb)

    to decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates

  9. Abate(verb)

    to be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates

  10. Abate(noun)



  1. State motorcyclists' rights organizations

    State motorcyclists' rights organizations exist in about 32 US states, 25 of which call themselves "ABATE of," the rest going by various other names. SMROs advocate for a point of view in motorcycling that is, in general, opposed to mandatory helmet laws, required motorcycle safety inspections, mandatory rider training and licensing, and other similar regulation. Instead SRMOs favor optional or voluntary motorcycle rider safety education, training, and licensing, and greater public awareness of motorcyclist safety issues. They also favor stronger penalties for car driver infractions such as right of way violations, or when drivers are at fault in accidents that harm motorcycle riders. SRMO activities include lobbying legislatures, letter writing campaigns, and paying for public service announcements and political advertisements. To carry out lobbying at the national level, a coalition of SRMO's created the Motorcycle Riders Foundation to lobby in Washington DC. The SRMOs and MRF are often allied with the American Motorcyclist Association on legislative issues.

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to become less

The storm abated.

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