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
Recent Examples on the Web The park will abut part of more than 240 acres of open space that is managed by the Back Country Land Trust, also known as Wright’s Field Preserve. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alpine closing in on getting its long-awaited park," 21 Jan. 2021 Greg and Judy Brazeal, who are retirees in their 70s, live in a home that’s across the street from what used to be a lakefront park — which now abuts overgrown brush that blocks the water’s edge. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Memorial Day on Lake Dunlap — without the lake," 26 May 2020 An effort is underway to reopen Alabama’s beaches abutting private properties in Baldwin County. al, "Could some of Alabama’s beaches by reopened by May 1?," 16 Apr. 2020 Pearl Sullivan, whose backyard abuts the Waits River and sits just feet from the Creamery Bridge, remains mostly unconvinced that a creature is lurking near the banks. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Are you calling about the Sasquatch?’," 30 Aug. 2019 Similar colors are being mixed for the courtyard’s mural, a massive 28,000-square-foot creation spanning the back side of a Department of Sanitation facility that abuts the building’s property. New York Times, "New Apartment Tower Will Be One of City’s Biggest," 4 May 2018 An important subplot in the book involves an Afrikaans farmer whose land abuts Keziah Christian Academy. Los Angeles Times, "How a rough Apartheid-era school spawned an award-winning YA novel," 17 Apr. 2020 Noah Barshop, the policy analyst for City Council District 8, said their office received two messages Dec. 4 from residents regarding a disturbance to the pet cemetery that abuts the 6300 block of Prue Road. ExpressNews.com, "Construction on San Antonio’s Northwest Side disturbs pet cemetery," 18 Dec. 2019 But the couple said homeless people living in the canal that abuts their neighborhood had made staying impossible. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: YIMBY sues city for blocking a nursing home," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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31 Jan 2021

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“Abut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abut. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for abut

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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