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abate

a·bate

abate

 
pronunciation:
beIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: abates, abating, abated
definition 1: to make less in amount or intensity.
The sight of his tears abated her anger.
synonyms:
decrease, lessen
antonyms:
augment, intensify
similar words:
moderate, modify, reduce, temper
definition 2: to become less in amount or intensity.
The wind died down as the storm abated.The pain abated, and he fell asleep.
synonyms:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen, let up, subside
antonyms:
intensify, rise
similar words:
blow over, cool, decline, moderate, reduce, settle, sink
Word Parts
The word abate contains the following parts:
a-3 Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix a-3 occurs in Latin and Old French loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad-, which, in Latin loanwords, is used before roots beginning with "s" and another consonant, such as "spect" and "scrib." See ad-.
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bat Latin root that means beat
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