abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Definition of abut

abutted

;

abutting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to border on :  to touch along an edge Their property abuts our land.

  3. 2 :  to cause to touch or lean for support abut a timber against a post

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to touch along a border or with a projecting part a parcel of land that abuts on the road

  6. 2a :  to terminate at a point of contactb :  to lean for support

Examples of abut in a sentence

  1. Their property and our property abut.

  2. our land abuts a nature preserve, so we see a lot of wildlife

Origin and Etymology of 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 1butt


First Known Use: 14th century


ABUT Defined for Kids

abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Definition of abut for Students

abutted

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abutting

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


Law Dictionary

abut

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verb \ə-ˈbət\

Legal Definition of abut

abutted

abutting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to touch along a border or with a projecting part —used with on, upon, or against the land abuts on the road
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to border on :  reach or touch with an end two lots that abut each other



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