Meaning of ABATE in English


/ əˈbeɪt; NAmE / verb

( formal ) to become less strong; to make sth less strong :

[ v ]

The storm showed no signs of abating.

[ vn ]

Steps are to be taken to abate pollution.

►  abate·ment noun [ U ]



Middle English (in the legal sense): from Old French abatre to fell, from a- (from Latin ad to, at) + batre to beat (from Latin battere , battuere to beat).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.