\ ə-ˈbet How to pronounce abet (audio) \
abetted; abetting

Definition of abet

transitive verb

1 : to actively second and encourage (something, such as an activity or plan) abet the commission of a crime
2 : to assist or support (someone) in the achievement of a purpose The singer was abetted by a skillful accompanist. especially : to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime often used in the phrase aid and abet accused of aiding and abetting a criminal

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Other Words from abet

abetment \ ə-​ˈbet-​mənt How to pronounce abetment (audio) \ noun
abettor or less commonly abetter \ ə-​ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce abetter (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of abet in a Sentence

She abetted the thief in his getaway. Did he abet the commission of a crime? Their actions were shown to abet terrorism.
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Recent Examples on the Web Rather, this minority is aided and abetted by a silent majority who cling to comfort and distraction as others suffer in plain sight. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Tyrannical Minority and Silent Majority," 4 Dec. 2019 And in late December of that same annum, the MC5, abetted by the Bob Seger System, brought the noise to Birmingham’s Boutwell Memorial Auditorium. al, "The night the original punks came to Birmingham," 19 Nov. 2019 Democrats said her experience showed that U.S. foreign policy had been co-opted by a rogue faction that was led by Giuliani and abetted by other U.S. diplomats. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Ex-Ukraine ambassador says "foreign corrupt interests" orchestrated ouster," 15 Nov. 2019 But the players’ strike that followed waylaid both the Expos’ title hopes and baseball’s future in the city, aided and abetted by neglect from ownership and the team’s status as an orphan under MLB’s rule. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Pedro Martinez thinks of Nationals as Expos, but knows 'it's not their duty' to promote Montreal past," 27 Oct. 2019 Parents’ silence and passivity abet and reinforce their kids’ conduct and give free reign to disrespect and, yes, even cruelty. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine - The Boston Globe," 23 Nov. 2019 Apple, alongside Google and Amazon, still distributes hundreds of apps from Chinese companies that the U.S. government has blacklisted for abetting human rights violations, Rosalind Adams and Ryan Mac at BuzzFeed report. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Mark Zuckerberg just dined with civil rights leaders hoping to change his mind on political ads," 5 Nov. 2019 Local governments and private discrimination abetted this process. Thea Sebastian, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Dismantling Our Tools To Promote School Integration," 5 Nov. 2019 Cash shortages have been pushing up transaction fees for digital money, leaving analysts divided over the role of mobile money in abetting or worsening the monetary crisis. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz Africa, "How to understand why Zimbabwe is bringing back the Zim dollar and the limits of mobile money," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of abet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abet

Middle English abetten, borrowed from Anglo-French abeter, from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + beter "to harass (a bear with dogs), bait," borrowed from Old Low Franconian *bētan; akin to Old English bǣtan "to set upon (with animals), bait" — more at bait entry 1

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Abet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abet. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for abet

\ ə-ˈbet How to pronounce abet (audio) \
abetted; abetting

Legal Definition of abet

: to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime often used in the phrase aid and abet

Other Words from abet

abetment noun
abettor also abetter \ ə-​ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce abetter (audio) \ noun

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