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Meaning

  • Abate [Verb] (əˈbāt)
  1. to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
  1. Law.

a. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
b. to suspend or extinguish (an action).
c. to annul (a writ).
3. to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
4. to omit: to abate all mention of names.
5. to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.

Etymology

Latin
ad-
(prefix)
 
 
 
 
Latin
battre, batteure
to beat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old French
a-
(prefix)
 
Old French
batre
to beat
 
 
 
 
 
Abate
to fall (present tense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Abate
Middle English
The letter A

Abash ——> Abate ——> Abattoirs