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abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Simple Definition of abut

  • : to touch along an edge

Full Definition of abut

abut·tedabut·ting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch along a border or with a projecting part <land abuts on the road>

  3. 2 a :  to terminate at a point of contact b :  to lean for support

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to border on <their property abuts our land>

  6. 2 :  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



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