abut

verb \ ə-ˈbət \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of abut

abutted; abutting
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
2 a :to terminate at a point of contact
b :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

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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

abut Synonyms

Synonyms
adjoin, border (on), butt (on or against), flank, fringe, join, march (with), neighbor, skirt, touch, verge (on)
Related Words
attach (to), communicate (with), connect (with), link (with); bound, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), fence, line, margin, rim, surround; contact, converge, meet

ABUT Defined for Kids

abut

verb \ ə-ˈbət \

Definition of abut for Students

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

Law Dictionary

abut

verb \ ə-ˈbət \

legal Definition of abut

abutted; abutting
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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