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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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 Water contamination is expensive to clean up and the center is probably not legally required to do so; recent measurements of key pollutants in the Cumberland River, which abuts the facility, fall within mandated limits. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 There are plans for yet another brewery (Triple Bottom) at 915 Spring Garden in the former Reading Railroad Building, which directly abuts the viaduct portion of the Rail Park (which has yet to be built). Michael Klein, Philly.com, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 In Nir Am, which abuts Gaza's northeast border, the fires have inched dangerously close to adjacent train tracks and a gas station. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife," 20 June 2018 The park will be south of Will Clayton Parkway and will abut West Lake Houston Parkway to the east, across the street from Atascocita High School. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita Park construction begins in 60 days, will include dog park, Harris County says," 15 June 2018 More significantly, any name change would require approval of 75 percent of abutting property owners — a high bar. Bill Turque, kansascity, "'Overkill' or 'great connector'? Thoughts along 63rd Street on renaming it for MLK," 29 May 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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