What does abate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slake, abate, slackverb

    make less active or intense

  2. abate, let up, slack off, slack, die awayverb

    become less in amount or intensity

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


  1. abate

    State motorcyclists' rights organizations (SMROs) exist in about 32 US states, 25 of which call themselves "ABATE of (state name)," the rest going by various other names. SMROs advocate for the motorcycle rider and freedom on the road. In the motorcycling world, that generally means they oppose mandatory helmet laws, restrictions on handlebar heights and the profiling of motorcycle riders. Instead ABATE encourages riders to safely ride their motorcycle how it is setup and actively promotes greater public awareness of motorcyclist and traffic 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. SMRO 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 SMRO's, consisting primarily of state ABATE groups, created the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) to lobby in Washington DC. The SMROs and MRF are often allied with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) on legislative issues.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abateverb

    to beat down; to overthrow

  2. Abateverb

    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. Abateverb

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

  4. Abateverb

    to blunt

  5. Abateverb

    to reduce in estimation; to deprive

  6. Abateverb

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

  7. Abateverb

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

  8. Abateverb

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

  9. Abateverb

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

  10. Abatenoun


  11. Etymology: [OF. abatre to beat down, F. abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. Bate, Batter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abate

    a-bāt′, v.t. to lessen: to deduct (with of): to mitigate: (law) to put an end to, do away with, as of an action or a nuisance, to render null, as a writ.—v.i. to grow less.—adjs. Abāt′able, capable of being abated; Abāt′ed, beaten down or cut away, as the background of an ornamental pattern in relief.—n. Abate′ment, the act of abating: the sum or quantity abated: (law) the act of intruding on a freehold and taking possession before the heir, the abandonment of an action, or the reduction of a legacy: (her.) a supposed mark of dishonour on a coat of arms—apparently never actually used.—Abated arms, those whose edges have been blunted for the tournament. [O. Fr. abatre, to beat down—L. ab, from, and batĕre, popular form of batuĕre, to beat: conn. with Beat.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of abate in a Sentence

  1. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:

    I wish you would moderate that fondness you have for your children. I do not mean you should abate any part of your care, or not do your duty to them in its utmost extent, but I would have you early prepare yourself for disappointments, which are heavy in proportion to their being surprising.

  2. Director General Parker:

    We face a very serious level of threat that is complex to combat and unlikely to abate significantly for some time.

  3. Terri White:

    If we do not abate it, more Oklahomans will die.

  4. Butler:

    All wit and fancy, like a diamond, The more exact and curious ?tis ground, Is forced for every carat to abate As much of value as it wants in weight.

  5. Benjamin Goldstein:

    Those who emit the most are probably in the best position financially to abate those emissions, but we also need all hands on deck to deal with this problem, so we need to address low-income households.

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  • هزم, نقص, ضعف, أضعفArabic
  • verringern, mindern, einstellen, legen, nachlassen, zurückgehenGerman
  • menguar, reducir, suprimir, abatir, humillarSpanish
  • خرد کردنPersian
  • alentaa, laantua, nöyryyttää, hellittää, raueta, lauhtua, vähentyä, alentua, vähentääFinnish
  • réduire, ralentir, descendre, déduire, amoindrir, diminuer, retrancher, cesserFrench
  • laghdú, laghdaighIrish
  • रोक-थाम करना, न्यून होनाHindi
  • csökkentHungarian
  • ridurreItalian
  • vernederen, verlagen, weglaten, neerslaan, aftrekken, verliezen, luwen, humiliëren, reduceren, verzwakken, uitsluiten, overslaan, verminderen, afnemenDutch
  • slå ned, forminske, ydmyke, forringe, minke, avta, løyeNorwegian
  • descer, deduzir, reduzir, declinar, barrar, excluir, diminuir, suprimir, embotar, abater, cessar, derrotarPortuguese
  • уменьшиться, спадать, уменьшаться, уменьшать, спасть, уменьшитьRussian
  • azaltmak, tenzil etmekTurkish
  • کم کرناUrdu
  • ngớt, bớt, thanh toán, nhụt, huỷ bỏ, ram, đỡ, đi, mất hết, thủ tiêu, hạVietnamese

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