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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Photo: African Parks/Scott Ramsay Rwanda Akagera National Park The 433-square-mile park sits in eastern Rwanda abutting the plains of Tanzania. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 Walled-in, abutting a weedy stretch of railroad tracks, the distillery was a picturesque assortment of dilapidated stables, a bottling facility, a carriage house, some offices and warehouses. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 There were also proceeds from the sale of an abutting right of way to the town of Glen Echo for $90,000. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "How Metro inherited three century-old streetcar trestles — and a burden," 4 May 2018 It should be noted that many (but certainly not all) of Chicago’s early Chinese restaurants sprang up in Chinatowns that abutted the city’s red light districts (first around Harrison Street and then Cermak Road). Monica Eng, chicagotribune.com, "How Chinese restaurants nearly became extinct across U.S.," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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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