abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Definition of abut

abutted

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abutting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to border on :  to touch along an edge <Their property abuts our land.>

  3. 2 :  to cause to touch or lean for support <abut a timber against a post>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to touch along a border or with a projecting part <a parcel of land that abuts on the road>

  6. 2a :  to terminate at a point of contactb :  to lean for support

Examples of abut in a sentence

  1. Their property and our property abut.

  2. <our land abuts a nature preserve, so we see a lot of wildlife>

Origin and Etymology of abut

Middle English abutten, from Anglo-French aboter, abuter, partly from Old French aboter to border on, from a- (from Latin ad-) + bout blow, end, from boter to strike; partly from Old French abuter to come to an end, from a- + but end, aim — more at 1butt, 4butt


First Known Use: 14th century


ABUT Defined for Kids

abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Definition of abut for Students

abutted

abutting

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


Law Dictionary

abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Legal Definition of abut

abutted

abutting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to touch along a border or with a projecting part —used with on, upon, or against <the land abuts on the road>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to border on :  reach or touch with an end <two lots that abut each other>



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