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

 

abet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈbet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbet//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abet
BrE BrE//əˈbet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbet//
 
he / she / it abets
BrE BrE//əˈbets//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbets//
 
past simple abetted
BrE BrE//əˈbetɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbetɪd//
 
past participle abetted
BrE BrE//əˈbetɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbetɪd//
 
-ing form abetting
BrE BrE//əˈbetɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbetɪŋ//
 
 
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  • abet somebody to help or encourage somebody to do something wrong He was abetted in the deception by his wife.
  • Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘urge to do something good or bad’): from Old French abeter, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + beter ‘hound, urge on’.Idioms (law) to help somebody to do something illegal or wrong She stands accused of aiding and abetting the crime. He was charged with aiding and abetting the robbers. aid and abethelp
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abet