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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On this morning, his sleeping bag and backpack abut the entrance to the MBTA Red and Silver lines on Atlantic Avenue. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 The toll lanes proposal, particularly for the Beltway where neighborhoods abut the highway’s sound walls, has drawn low support in Prince George’s. Washington Post, "Rep. Anthony G. Brown tries to block federal approval of Hogan toll lanes study," 18 June 2019 His son David Twersky, who has been the Grand Rabbi since 1968, lives in a house that abuts the New Square synagogue. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Officially, the largest hail report at Big Lake Wildlife Management Area came in at 2.75 inches from a resident whose property abuts the Big Lake area. Matthew Cappucci, chicagotribune.com, "Montana hailstorm slaughters 11,000 birds," 22 Aug. 2019 Two architects in the San Francisco Bay Area are responsible for the installation over the weekend of the three seesaws that briefly graced a small stretch of the nearly 2,000-mile swath of land where the United States abuts Mexico. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Two artists built seesaws across the U.S.-Mexico border. Then video of kids playing on them went viral," 30 July 2019 Among the projects that the money will fund is a new wall along the U.S. military’s Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range in Arizona, which abuts the border with Mexico, officials said. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s wall," 4 Sep. 2019 Food trucks abutted the traffic lane where cars could still head south along the street, and lights hung overhead. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Portion of downtown Glendale slated for pedestrian-friendly redesign," 3 Sep. 2019 Among the projects that the money will fund is a new barrier along the U.S. military's Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range in Arizona, which abuts the border with Mexico, officials said. oregonlive, "Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s border wall," 3 Sep. 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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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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