Meaning of ABATE in English


v. 1 tr. & intr. make or become less strong, severe, intense, etc. 2 tr. Law a quash (a writ or action). b put an end to (a nuisance). abatement n.

[ ME f. OF abatre f. Rmc (as A-(3), L batt(u)ere beat) ]

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