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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.


vb. (en-past of: abate)

See also, Abatement.

Abated, an ancient technical term applied in masonry and metal work to those portions which are sunk beneath the surface, as in inscriptions where the ground is sunk round the letters so as to leave the letters or ornament in relief.

Usage examples of "abated".

Years, I dare say, and a hard life and profligacy, and command, had not made him less selfish or more humane, or abated his craft and resolution.

If the butchers' boy then passing saw that gaunt and good attorney, standing thus in his bow-window, I am sure he thought he was at his devotions and abated his whistling as he went by.

This proneness to sudden accesses of violence and fury was the compensation which abated the effect of his ordinary craft and self-command.

The storm had abated somewhat Victoria saw when she opened the bay doors.

Happily the complaint abated without his being put to the torture of amputation.

The rain and hail that had troubled them across the plains of Tare had mercifully abated, but the clouds had thickened, as if they bore within them a surfeit of ice and hatred, waiting for the moment when it could be unleashed upon the column of Axemen.

Eventually her heaving abated, and she rolled onto her back, wiping her streaming eyes with the backs of her hands.

Men were positioned in the battlements, ready to man the walls onceifthe storm abated, while other units sheltered in the houses adjacent to the walls.

She recalled how Screech had once summoned the antloids to help rescue her and Princess Korahna from Torian and his mercenaries, and her apprehension abated somewhat, though it did not disappear entirely.

The raft descended as the force of the funnel-clouds holding it aloft gradually abated, and one by one, the air elementals dispersed, peeling off and disappearing into the distance with a sound like wind whistling through a canyon.