Etymology
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abate (v.)

c. 1300, abaten, "put an end to" (transitive); early 14c., "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (intransitive); from Old French abatre "beat down, cast down, strike down; fell, destroy; abolish; reduce, lower" (Modern French abattre), from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). The French literal sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.

updated on September 13, 2022

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Definitions of abate from WordNet

abate (v.)
make less active or intense;
Synonyms: slake / slack
abate (v.)
become less in amount or intensity;
The storm abated
Synonyms: let up / slack off / slack / die away
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