Simple Definition of abet
: to help, encourage, or support someone in a criminal act
Examples of abet
She abetted the thief in his getaway.
Did he abet the commission of a crime?
Their actions were shown to abet terrorism.
Origin of abet
Middle English abetten, from Anglo-French abeter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + beter to bait, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English bǣtan to bait
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of abet
Rhymes with abet
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