\ ə-ˈbət How to pronounce abut (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web The company sued the city of Cleveland last spring, claiming the city improperly vacated the roadway and made MLO’s three abutting acres inaccessible and worthless. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Wacky, wonky, embarrassments and developments led readers’ most-read stories from Cleveland City Hall," 26 Dec. 2019 Gazing at the Georgetown portion of the C&O Canal, Hirons finds drama in nature’s intimacy with the abutting industrial structures, as well as the way sunlight plays on the water. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: An ambitious collage of works by regional photographers," 13 Dec. 2019 Currently a pop-up, III Mas dinners take place monthly in his family’s Sherman Oaks backyard, where a big black smoker abuts the bleached balustrade of a grand mansion. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "III Mas gives an Armenian twist to Texas barbecue," 30 Sep. 2019 Sam told us it would soon be converted into condominiums and that the derelict, overgrown area that abuts the mill would be spiffed up as part of a $25 million redevelopment project, re-emerging as a sparkling riverside walking trail. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 Bush fires raging to the north, south and west since early November have pushed smoke and ash not just into neighborhoods abutting the blazes, but all the way to coastal suburbs more than 50 miles away. New York Times, "Australia Burns Again, and Now Its Biggest City Is Choking," 6 Dec. 2019 Another one sits next door, abutting a refrigeration firm. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest," 11 Aug. 2019 With its towering wall of azure cabinetry, the kitchen area, which abuts the dining room, gives the sense of cooking inside a sapphire. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Discover Lofty Views in a New York City Super-Tall Skyscraper," 20 Nov. 2019 The signing took place just a few miles from the port of Piraeus, which abuts the Greek capital and is the major symbol of China’s mercantile ambitions in the West. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "Mike Pompeo’s View of China," 7 Nov. 2019

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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 3

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22 Feb 2020

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“Abut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abut. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for abut


\ ə-ˈbət How to pronounce abut (audio) \
abutted; abutting

Kids Definition of abut

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


\ ə-ˈbət How to pronounce abut (audio) \
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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