For a while, in the Cold War's aftermath, the public fascination for espionage may abate, though somehow I doubt it.—John le Carré, Boston Globe, 19 Nov. 1989At about six, as the heat abated, people began to crowd the streets and marketplaces, and to fill the cafés.—Milton Viorst, New Yorker, 12 Oct. 1987But his attitude of sullen grievance and simmering fury never abated fully.—Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984
We waited for the wind to abate.
interest in the author's home abated as her novels waned in popularity
Recent Examples on the WebKen Lajoie, a local geologist, said that, even after the wind and waves abated, more of the cliff would crumble.—Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023 Vehicle supplies also continued to recover from shortages of computer chips and other parts that began during the pandemic and are finally abating.—Tom Krisher, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2023 That pullback has been sustained by geopolitical tensions and domestic problems plaguing China’s economy, which show little sign of abating.—TIME, 16 Oct. 2023 In fact, Drift claims the technology could abate more than 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year and a gigaton of CO2 by 2050.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2023 The bromance between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and former president Donald Trump shows little sign of abating.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Since then, the crisis has not abated; it’s only gotten worse.—Steven Berkowitz, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2023 The debate over the clash has not abated, 30 years on.—Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2023 That will be difficult if injuries along the offensive line do not abate.
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Middle English abaten, borrowed from Anglo-French abatre "to strike down, fell, reduce, put an end to," from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad-ad-) + batre "to beat," going back to Latin battuere, of uncertain origin
when a public officer who is a party to an appeal…in an official capacity dies…the action does not abate—Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 43
: to decrease in amount or value
the legacies abated proportionately
A problem arises in estate law when the amount of the bequests and devises made in a will exceeds the assets available in the estate. In such a case, some or all of the bequests and devises may have to be abated to make up the deficit. Under the Uniform Probate Code, property in the estate that is not given under the will abates first, residuary devises abate second, general devises abate third, and specific devises abate last.
Old French abattre, literally, to knock down, from a-, prefix stressing result + battre to beat