abut

verb
\ 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

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But one thing abut the film really stood out to me: a scene in which the couple cozied up by a campfire and watched the Northern Lights. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "How to See the Northern Lights from New York—Or Wherever You Are—This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2019 Ann Rosenberg, a retired New York City schoolteacher, said that coexistence was not a realistic option for developmentally disabled children and young adults at the Jesse J. Kaplan School in West Nyack, which abuts a nature path used by the school. Sean Piccoli, New York Times, "‘Coywolf’ Sightings Grip a Rural New York Community," 15 Jan. 2018 A few months earlier, an apartment building abutting car repair shops a mile away, with units 20 percent smaller, had sold for $48.23 per square foot. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Technically, the range property doesn’t abut the border because a strip of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management sits between it and the border. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Trump Administration Unveils Plans to Send National Guard Troops, Build Base Walls Near U.S.-Mexico Border," 4 Apr. 2018 Activists have campaigned for years for such limitations in Colorado, where wells commonly abut densely populated areas. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Colorado Measure Would Make Most of State Off Limits to Drillers," 29 Aug. 2018 Turkey deployed troops in Syria in 2016 and now controls a swathe of territory inside the country that abuts Manbij. Fox News, "Syrian government, rebels clash over recon base near Israel," 16 July 2018 And abutting the forest preserve could provide a unique amenity for potential residents. Erin Hegarty, chicagotribune.com, "Part of Naperville's Nokia property could be new subdivision," 6 Apr. 2018 The biggest change came from demolishing the back section of the house that abutted another building. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated home comes with its own floating greenhouse," 24 Oct. 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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abut

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

Kids Definition of abut

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

abut

verb
\ 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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