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abate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abate

  1. 1 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually interest in the author's home abated as her novels waned in popularity Synonyms of abate decrease, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, waneWords Related to abate compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms of abate appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms of abate accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

  2. 2 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent a couple of aspirin should abate the pain Synonyms of abate decrease, de-escalate, dent, deplete, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, reduceWords Related to abate compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualifyNear Antonyms of abate blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redoubleAntonyms of abate aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

  3. 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 Synonyms of abate abolish, abrogate, annul, avoid, cancel, disannul, dissolve, invalidate, negate, null, nullify, quash, repeal, rescind, roll back, strike down, vacate, voidWords Related to abate countermand, override, overrule, overturn, veto; abort, call, call off, drop, recall, retract, reverse, revoke, suspend, withdraw; ban, enjoin, forbid, outlaw, prohibit; disallow, dismiss, reject; annihilate, break down, eliminate, eradicate, erase, liquidate, remove, throw out, write offNear Antonyms of abate enact, lay down, legislate; establish, found, institute; formalize, legalize, legitimate, legitimize, validate; pass, ratify; allow, approve, authorize, clear, endorse (also indorse), permit, sanction, warrant; command, decree, mandate, order, prescribe

  4. 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 Synonyms of abate subtract, deduct, knock off, take offWords Related to abate decrease, diminish, discount, downsize, dwindle, knock down, lessen, lower, reduce; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittleNear Antonyms of abate adjoin, annex, append; complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; aggrandize, amplify, augment, beef (up), boost, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, multiply, raiseAntonyms of abate add, tack (on)

  5. 5 to take something away from recurring problems could not abate her of her enthusiasm for the project Synonyms of abate deprive, bereave, divest, stripWords Related to abate denude; cheat, clean (out), defraud, shortchange; bankrupt, disfurnish, impoverish

Synonym Discussion of abate

abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing.
    • the storm abated
subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation.
    • the protests subsided after a few days
wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive.
    • waning enthusiasm
ebb suggests the receding of something (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes.
    • the ebbing of daylight

synonyms see in addition decrease



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