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a·bet [uh-bet] verb (used with object), a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting.
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.

Origin

1275–1325; Middle English abette (whence Old French abeter, unless perhaps the latter, of Germanic orig., be the source for the ME), Old English *ābǣtan to hound on, equivalent to ā- a-3 + bǣtan to bait, akin to bite

Related forms

a·bet·ment, a·bet·tal, noun
un·a·bet·ted, adjective
un·a·bet·ting, adjective

Other Meanings

World English Dictionary

abet (əˈbɛt)

— vb , abets , abetting , abetted ( tr ) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing

a'betment

— n

a'bettal

— n

a'better

— n

a'bettor

— n

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