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abate

a·bate

abate

 
 
pronunciation:
beIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become less in amount, degree, or intensity; subside.
The wind died down as the storm abated.
synonyms:
decrease, diminish, fall, fall off, lessen, let up, slacken, subside
antonyms:
augment, intensify, revive, rise
similar words:
attenuate, blow over, cool, decline, let down, lull, mitigate, moderate, reduce, relent, remit, settle, sink, slack
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abates, abating, abated
definition 1: to reduce in degree, amount, or intensity.
The sight of his tears abated her anger.
synonyms:
bate, decrease, lessen, slacken
antonyms:
augment, intensify
similar words:
attenuate, cool, mitigate, moderate, modify, mollify, reduce, taper, temper
definition 2: in law, to suppress or annul.
The IRS will abate the penalty in certain circumstances.
synonyms:
annul, nullify
similar words:
invalidate, quash, suppress, vitiate
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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