abut

verb
\ə-ˈbət \
abutted; abutting

Definition of abut 

transitive verb

1 : to border on : to touch along an edge Their property abuts our land.

2 : to cause to touch or lean for support abut a timber against a post

intransitive verb

1 : to touch along a border or with a projecting part a parcel of land that abuts on the road

2a : to terminate at a point of contact

b : to lean for support

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Examples of abut in a Sentence

Their property and our property abut. our land abuts a nature preserve, so we see a lot of wildlife

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But 1 trains bypassed the station while the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey built the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which abuts the station. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Subway Station Damaged on 9/11 Reopens 17 Years After Attacks," 9 Sep. 2018 The barbershop abuts a church, Pentecostals of Boston, on a busy stretch of Hyde Park Avenue. Danny Mcdonald And John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Roslindale man held in fatal barbershop stabbing told police he acted in self-defense," 30 May 2018 Qayyarah and the surrounding villages and settlements that abut the oil fields are home to about 100,000 people, according to the last census in 2011. Washington Post, "The Islamic State’s toxic farewell: Environmental sabotage and chronic disease," 7 Mar. 2018 Maryland Physician Partners LLC’s bid to open a dispensary at 7609 Energy Parkway in Brandon Woods Business Park was rejected in April because the property did not immediately abut an arterial or higher classified road. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena," 11 July 2018 Its hilltop location abutting the Chattahoochee River affords the lavish gated estate unapparelled privacy. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Georgia’s Most-Expensive Home Is Back on the Market for a Whopping $25 Million," 2 July 2018 Danielle Paul for The Wall Street Journal 1 of 24 ••••• Suzie and Nick Trivisonno ride a golf cart from their home in Charlotte’s SouthPark area to the Carmel Country Club, which abuts their property. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In Charlotte, Golfers Are Leaving Gated Communities for Hipper Urban Neighborhoods," 5 Apr. 2018 In Nir Am, which abuts Gaza’s northeast border, the fires have inched dangerously close to adjacent train tracks and a gas station. Washington Post, "Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife," 20 June 2018 The business was initially hindered by World Mission, which abuts the city boundary, because the church did not want to pay the cost of hooking up to city water and sewer services that would be mandated by annexation. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville to consider annexing Route 59 church to make way for commerical development," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of abut

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for abut

Middle English abutten, borrowed from Anglo-French abuter, from a-, verb-forming prefix (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + bout, but "push, thrust, blow, end, extremity," noun derivative from bouter, boter "to push, thrust, strike" — more at butt entry 1

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More Definitions for abut

abut

verb
\ə-ˈbət \
abutted; abutting

Kids Definition of abut

: to touch along an edge Their yard abuts a park.

abut

verb
\ə-ˈbət \
abutted; abutting

Legal Definition of abut 

intransitive verb

: to touch along a border or with a projecting part used with on, upon, or against the land abuts on the road

transitive verb

: to border on : reach or touch with an end two lots that abut each other

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