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Definition of Abate


  1. To beat down; to overthrow.
  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.
  3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.
  4. To blunt.
  5. To reduce in estimation; to deprive.
  6. To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ.
  7. To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
  8. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.
  9. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.
  10. Abatement.

Abate Quotations

We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seeing that our thirst was increasing and the water was killing us, while the storm did not abate, we agreed to trust to God, Our Lord, and rather risk the perils of the sea than wait there for certain death from thirst.
Alvar N. C. de Vaca

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.
James Madison
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Abate Translations

abate in Afrikaans is verminder
abate in Dutch is bedaren, bekoelen, luwen
abate in German is nachlassen, verringern, verringern
abate in Italian is rilassare, diminuire
abate in Norwegian is forminske
abate in Portuguese is diminua
abate in Spanish is aflojar, disminuir, disminuir
abate in Swedish is lindra
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