Abate | A word a day

Abate (verb)

To abate something is to reduce its degree, severity or intensity.

  • Present: abate / abates
  • Past: abated
  • Past participle: abated
  • Gerund or –ing form: abating

Example sentences

  • Her sarcastic remarks didn’t abate his enthusiasm.
  • They abated all mention of his name from the records. (= They omitted his name.)
  • The minister promised to look into the matter, but that didn’t abate the public outcry.
  • When the storm abated we resumed our journey.
  • The pain finally abated.

Antonyms: intensify, increase and strengthen

Related forms:

Abatable (adjective), unabatable (adjective), unabating (adjective), unabatingly (adverb)


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