Definitions for abetəˈbɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•betəˈbɛt(v.t.)a•bet•ted, a•bet•ting.

  1. to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usu. in wrongdoing.

Origin of abet:

1275–1325; ME abette, OE *ābǣtan to hound on =ā-a -3+bǣtan to bait , akin to bite



Princeton's WordNet

  1. abet(verb)

    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing


  1. abet(Noun)

    An act of abetting; of helping; of giving aid.

  2. abet(Verb)

    To assist or encourage by aid or countenance, especially in crime.

  3. abet(Verb)

    To support, countenance, maintain, uphold, or aid any cause, opinion, or action; to maintain.

  4. abet(Verb)

    To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.

  5. abet(Verb)

    To urge on, stimulate (a person to do something).

  6. abet(Verb)

    To back up one's forecast of a doubtful issue, by staking money, etc., to bet.

  7. Origin: * First attested in 1380.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abet(verb)

    to instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection

  2. Abet(verb)

    to support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good sense

  3. Abet(verb)

    to contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense

  4. Abet(noun)

    act of abetting; aid

Anagrams of abet

  1. beta, Beta

  2. bate

  3. beat

  4. Beta

Translations for abet

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to help or encourage to do something wrong

He abetted his cousin in robbing the bank.

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