\ 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 Whether depicting a landscape of dozens of abutting humans or a single pair of hands in assorted poses, Tillman conjures both the weight and the lightness of being. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: With two group exhibits, maximum exposure for photographers," 15 Nov. 2019 One of the first pilot parks will be in Qinghai, a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and sharing much of its cultural legacy. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau," 12 Nov. 2019 One of the first pilot parks will be in Qinghai, a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and sharing much of its cultural legacy. Fox News, "China wants to build its own Yellowstone," 12 Nov. 2019 The first two alleys selected could be reconstructed with permeable pavers if enough residents with homes abutting the alleys vote in support of the project, the city said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Two Park Ridge alleys selected for ‘green’ pilot program," 30 Oct. 2019 This approach would require homeowners to pay more for insurance in areas where fire risk is highest, such as neighborhoods abutting forested areas. Gireesh Shrimali, The Conversation, "In fire-prone California, many residents can’t afford wildfire insurance," 17 Oct. 2019 In real life, the truck sets up nightly from about sunset to 4 a.m. in an auto body shop parking lot at Western and Lexington in East Hollywood, abutting the 101. Christopher Smith, Los Angeles Times, "The 15 most iconic Harry Bosch haunts across L.A.," 16 Oct. 2019 Developer Jimmy Patel has filed an application with the town seeking to build the 65,000 square-foot hotel at 777 Day Hill Road on former farm land, abutting the softball complex at the site of the former Mototown indoor motocross venue. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Extended stay hotel proposed near Windsor softball complex," 10 Oct. 2019 Most of the land abutting Mexico is controlled by the federal government, and in states like Texas, where the borderlands are largely in the hands of private entities, landowners—including Republicans—have resisted the intrusion of a wall. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "When GoFundMe Gets Ugly," 9 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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29 Nov 2019

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“Abut.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abuts. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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