\ 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

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 Some back yards of homes in the under-construction, 52-home Montebello luxury home community will also abut Beta Drive back yards, but an agreement has already been reached with the builder and its Beta Drive business neighbor Mars Electric. cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 Quite often, opponents, particularly those whose properties would abut a new trail, don’t want change and speak loudest. Steven Litt, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 At times, gangs with territories that abut one another battle over drugs and turf. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Echoing the geography of apartheid, those neighborhoods often abut vast townships — with one providing labor to the other. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 Hockema, Hinojosa and their allies hope the remaining two, Texas LNG and Rio Grande LNG, which would abut each other on the Brownsville Ship Channel, meet the same fate before they can be built. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 The gondola will abut the Granite Chief Wilderness — its stanchions towering over the treetops and its cables and cabins running above the popular Five Lakes Trail. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021 The park will abut part of more than 240 acres of open space that is managed by the Back Country Land Trust, also known as Wright’s Field Preserve. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021 Greg and Judy Brazeal, who are retirees in their 70s, live in a home that’s across the street from what used to be a lakefront park — which now abuts overgrown brush that blocks the water’s edge. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, 26 May 2020 See More

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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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13 Apr 2022

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“Abut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abut. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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