Definition of abet
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
abetmentplay \-mənt\ noun
abettoror less commonly
abetterplay \ə-ˈbe-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of abet from the Web
The firm thereby abetted in genocide and circumvented American sanctions on Sudan.
What's even worse, her best friend Casey (Meghan Lennox), who's letting Izzy temporarily crash on her couch, refuses to continue abetting her co-dependent schemes and tells her to take the bus instead.
Christopher Allen Bush, 26, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting a commercial robbery.
But then, the GOP has always known that the birther-king fits said description — and abetted the mogul’s rise to power, anyway.
Rojonah Harris, 35, who owned and operated Harris Finance and Tax Service, faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine on one count of aiding and abetting in the preparation of false tax returns.
Instead, her prosecutors abetted the crackdown, concocting bogus criminal cases against torture victims and political opponents.
Salman was arrested in California in January on charges of aiding and abetting Mateen and obstruction of justice.
Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, is facing charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction in federal court.
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Origin and Etymology of 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 1bait
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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