Meaning of ABATE in English
— abatable , adj. — abater; Law. abator , n.
/euh bayt"/ , v. , abated, abating .
1. to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
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.
6. to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
7. Law. to end; become null and void.
[ 1300-50; ME abatre to beat down, equiv. to a- A- 5 + batre batere for L battuere to beat; a - perh. also understood as A- 3 ]
Syn. 1. decrease, weaken. 6. subside.
Ant. 1, 6. increase, intensify.
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012