\ 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 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 The suspect apparently shot an attendee in the head, and that man was taken to a hospital, said Derek Randall, the interim police chief in Cloquet, which abuts the reservation and is near Duluth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man shot and wounded at funeral on Minnesota reservation," 18 Oct. 2019 Local residents, from left, Steve Newsom, Lia Lee, Allison Kidd and Lien Yang in the backyard of Newsom’s home, which abuts a steep hillside in the Angeles National Forest, in La Canada Flintridge on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Big effort underway to save small La Cañada fawn hobbled by illegal trap," 11 Oct. 2019 Secondly, the ceasefire deal allows Turkey to keep their forces right up to the M4 -- a highway in northern Syria that runs parallel to the Turkish border -- without any buffer onto the Syrian Kurdish areas that directly abut it. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Putin's dreams have just come true," 23 Oct. 2019 In Porter Ranch, waves of embers crested against a two-story home on Sheffield Way; flames lapped at the back of it, which abuts a hillside. Anchorage Daily News, "L.A. fire burns homes, threatens communities in San Fernando Valley," 11 Oct. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Abut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abut. Accessed 21 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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