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abet

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verb \ə-ˈbet\

Simple Definition of abet

  • : to help, encourage, or support someone in a criminal act

Full Definition of abet

abet·tedabet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to actively second and encourage (as an activity or plan)

  3. 2 :  to assist or support in the achievement of a purpose

abet·mentplay \-mənt\ noun
abet·tor also abet·ter play \ə-ˈbe-tər\ noun

Examples of abet

  1. She abetted the thief in his getaway.

  2. Did he abet the commission of a crime?

  3. 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

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating <inciting a riot>. instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention <instigated a conspiracy>. abet implies both assisting and encouraging <aiding and abetting the enemy>. foment implies persistence in goading <fomenting rebellion>.



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