verb \ə-ˈbət\

: to touch along an edge


Full Definition of ABUT

intransitive verb
:  to touch along a border or with a projecting part <land abuts on the road>
a :  to terminate at a point of contact
b :  to lean for support
transitive verb
:  to border on <their property abuts our land>
:  to cause to abut

Examples of ABUT

  1. Their property and our property abut.
  2. <our land abuts a nature preserve, so we see a lot of wildlife>

Origin of ABUT

Middle English abutten, from Anglo-French aboter, abuter, partly from Old French aboter to border on, from a- (from Latin ad-) + bout blow, end, from boter to strike; partly from Old French abuter to come to an end, from a- + but end, aim — more at 1butt, 4butt
First Known Use: 15th century
ABUT Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈbət\

Definition of ABUT for Kids

:  to touch along an edge <Their yard abuts a park.>


Next Word in the Dictionary: AbutaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: abusuaAll Words Near: abut
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears