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3 to put an end to by formal action
  • asked the appellate court to abate the lower court's ruling allowing the patient to be removed from life support

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4 to take away (an amount or number) from a total
  • I managed to get the used car dealer to abate $200 from the sticker price

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5 to take something away from
  • recurring problems could not abate her of her enthusiasm for the project

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How is the word abate distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of abate are ebb, subside, and wane. While all these words mean "to die down in force or intensity," abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing.

the storm abated

Where would ebb be a reasonable alternative to abate?

The words ebb and abate can be used in similar contexts, but ebb suggests the receding of something (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes.

the ebbing of daylight

When is it sensible to use subside instead of abate?

Although the words subside and abate have much in common, subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation.

the protests subsided after a few days

In what contexts can wane take the place of abate?

The synonyms wane and abate are sometimes interchangeable, but wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive.

waning enthusiasm

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The first known use of abate was in the 14th century

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“Abate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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