Definition of abate
- waiting for the storm to abate
- abate a nuisance
- abate a writ
- may abate their rancor to win peace
- abate a tax
We waited for the wind to abate.
interest in the author's home abated as her novels waned in popularity
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
de-escalate, decline, decrease, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down) , recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane;
synonyms see in addition decrease
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