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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a storm abates/passes
▪ We sat and waited for the storm to pass.
▪ They must first order the respondent to abate the nuisance.
▪ And the epidemic shows no signs of abating.
▪ S., however, the practice flourishes, and as production costs rise, it shows no sign of abating.
▪ The 12-week dispute showed no signs of abating yesterday.
▪ And the epidemic shows no signs of abating.
▪ S., however, the practice flourishes, and as production costs rise, it shows no sign of abating.
▪ The 12-week dispute showed no signs of abating yesterday.
▪ Public anger does not appear to be abating.
▪ Before 1914, neither peasant land hunger nor working-class militancy were abating.
▪ It is an invaluable source of information to those attempting to prevent or seeking to abate odour problems.
▪ Later, as the crowds abated, Janir got bored.
▪ Perfectly aware of the veiled disapproval, his kindlier feelings abated, to be replaced by a resurgence of ill humour.
▪ Tardiness, once a chronic problem, has abated.
▪ The strange voices in her head abated, but at a heavy price.
▪ Then suddenly it abated, just as the two finished dancing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Abate \A*bate"\ ([.a]*b[=a]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abated, p. pr. & vb. n. Abating.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F. abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. Bate, Batter.]

  1. To beat down; to overthrow. [Obs.]

    The King of Scots . . . sore abated the walls.
    --Edw. Hall.

  2. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.

    His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
    --Deut. xxxiv. 7.

  3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.

    Nine thousand parishes, abating the odd hundreds.

  4. To blunt. [Obs.]

    To abate the edge of envy.

  5. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. [Obs.]

    She hath abated me of half my train.

  6. (Law)

    1. To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ.

    2. (Eng. Law) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.

      To abate a tax, to remit it either wholly or in part.


Abate \A*bate\ ([.a]*b[=a]t"), n. Abatement. [Obs.]
--Sir T. Browne.


Abate \A*bate"\ ([.a]*b[=a]t"), v. i. [See Abate, v. t.]

  1. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.

    The fury of Glengarry . . . rapidly abated.

  2. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.

    To abate into a freehold, To abate in lands (Law), to enter into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, and before the heir takes possession. See Abatement, 4.

    Syn: To subside; decrease; intermit; decline; diminish; lessen.

    Usage: To Abate, Subside. These words, as here compared, imply a coming down from some previously raised or excited state. Abate expresses this in respect to degrees, and implies a diminution of force or of intensity; as, the storm abates, the cold abates, the force of the wind abates; or, the wind abates, a fever abates. Subside (to settle down) has reference to a previous state of agitation or commotion; as, the waves subside after a storm, the wind subsides into a calm. When the words are used figuratively, the same distinction should be observed. If we conceive of a thing as having different degrees of intensity or strength, the word to be used is abate. Thus we say, a man's anger abates, the ardor of one's love abates, ``Winter's rage abates''. But if the image be that of a sinking down into quiet from preceding excitement or commotion, the word to be used is subside; as, the tumult of the people subsides, the public mind subsided into a calm. The same is the case with those emotions which are tumultuous in their nature; as, his passion subsides, his joy quickly subsided, his grief subsided into a pleasing melancholy. Yet if, in such cases, we were thinking of the degree of violence of the emotion, we might use abate; as, his joy will abate in the progress of time; and so in other instances.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.


Etymology 1 n. abatement. (from around 1400 until the late 1600s)(R:SOED5: page=2) vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete outside legal English) To put an end to; to cause to cease. (attested since about 1150 to 1350) 2 (context intransitive English) To become null and void. (attested since the late 15th century) 3 (context transitive legal English) To nullify; make void. (attested since the late 15th century) 4 (context transitive obsolete English) To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally. (attested from around 1150 to 1350 until the mid 1600s) 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally. (attested from around 1150 to 1350 until the mid 1600s) 6 (context transitive obsolete English) To curtail; to deprive. (attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the mid 1800s) 7 (context transitive English) To reduce in amount, size, or value. (attested since 1325)(R:CDOE: page=2) 8 (context intransitive English) To decrease in size, value, or amount. (attested since 1325) 9 (context transitive English) To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside. (attested since around 1150 to 1350) 10 (context intransitive English) To decrease in intensity or force; to subside. (attested since around 1150 to 1350) 11 (context transitive English) To deduct or omit. (attested since around 1350 to 1470) 12 (context transitive English) To bar or except. (attested since the late 1500s) 13 (context transitive English) To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork. 14 (context transitive obsolete English) To dull the edge or point of; to blunt. (attested from the mid 1500s till the late 1600s) 15 (context transitive archaic English) To destroy, or level to the ground. (attested since around 1350 to 1470) Etymology 2

vb. (context intransitive legal English) To enter a tenement without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) Etymology 3

alt. An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy. (First attested in the early 18th century.) n. An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy. (First attested in the early 18th century.)

  1. v: make less active or intense [syn: slake, slack]

  2. become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" [syn: let up, slack off, slack, die away]


Abate may refer to:

  • A brand name for the insecticide temefos
  • ABATE, a motorcycle and motorcyclist rights organization
  • The Italian word for abbot and abbé
Abate (surname)

Abate is a surname both of Ethiopian and Italian origin. People with it include the following:

  • Abiyote Abate (born 1980), Ethiopian long-distance runner
  • Adamo Abate (990–c. 1060), Italian medieval Benedictine abbot
  • Atnafu Abate (late 1930s-1977), Ethiopian military officer and politician
  • Beniamino Abate (born 1962), Italian football (soccer) goalkeeper
  • Bob Abate (1893–1981), Canadian sports coach
  • Carlo Mario Abate (born 1932), Italian autoracing driver
  • Carmine Abate (born 1954), Italian writer
  • Catherine M. Abate (1947–2014), New York State Senator
  • Emanuele Abate (born 1985), Italian athlete
  • Getachew Abate (1895–1952), army commander and a member of the royalty of the Ethiopian Empire
  • Giovanni Abate (born 1981), Italian footballer
  • Greg Abate (born 1947)
  • Ignazio Abate (born 1986), Italian football (soccer) right back/midfielder
  • Joseph Abate (1902–1994), American mobster
  • Leul Abate (born 1954), Ethiopian airline pilot and victim of three hijackings
  • Loris Abate (born 1928), Italian jewelry designer and businessman
  • Mulugeta Abate, Ethiopian musician
  • Thomas Abate (born 1978), American musician

Usage examples of "abate".

The duration of the siege has done nothing to abate the groundswell of support for Abies in and around this tiny Northwestern hamlet.

Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb-- one engaged forward and the other aft--the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.

I have never seen this adventurer without his being in a desperate state of impecuniosity, but he would never learn to abate his luxurious habits, and always managed to find some way or other out of his difficulties.

Such costly justice might tend to abate the spirit of litigation, but the unequal pressure serves only to increase the influence of the rich, and to aggravate the misery of the poor.

On the first attack, they abandoned their ensigns, threw down their arms, and dispersed on all sides with an active speed, which abated the loss, whilst it aggravated the shame, of their defeat.

My anger began to abate, and as I passed near the window I saw the carriage I had ordered waiting for me with a pair of good horses.

I pointed it out to her, but she answered very curtly that she could not abate one sou.

The fever abated in forty-eight hours, but left me in such a state of weakness that I was kept to my bed for a whole week, and could not go to Aranjuez till Holy Saturday.

By the time I reached my doss, the frequency of the depressive episodes had decreased, and their impact had abated drastically.

Worcester sent the Dryad away for Medina, called the Polyphemus in and stood eastward with her, the breeze abating with the close of day.

That pass was a march of at least thirty miles, once the Edder Forest was circled, and until the storms abated and the thaw that often came at midwinter melted off some of the snow and compacted the rest, the march would be impossible.

Age abates the vigor of the executive faculties, and old people manifest not only bodily infirmities, but the relaxing and enfeebling influences proceeding from the lower portions of the brain.

These rains being abated by the twenty-sixth day of November, colonel Coote directed the engineers to pitch upon proper places for erecting batteries that should enfilade or flank the works of the garrison, without exposing their own men to any severe fire from the enemy.

We returned to Rome, and for the three hours that she was with me in my vis-a-vis, Lucrezia had no reason to think that my ardour was at all abated.

The storm abated just as the innocent parchment was writhing on the fire, and the sailors, believing that the spirits of hell had been exorcised, thought no more of getting rid of my person, and after a prosperous voyage of a week we cast anchor at Corfu.