Definition of abate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪt//
 
[intransitive, transitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abate
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪt//
 
he / she / it abates
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪts//
 
past simple abated
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪtɪd//
 
past participle abated
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form abating
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to become less strong; to make something less strong The storm showed no signs of abating. They waited for the crowd’s fury to abate. abate something Steps are to be taken to abate pollution. Word Origin Middle English (in the legal sense): from Old French abatre ‘to fell’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battere, battuere ‘to beat’).
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