Abate | A word a day
To abate something is to reduce its degree, severity or intensity.
- Present: abate / abates
- Past: abated
- Past participle: abated
- Gerund or –ing form: abating
- 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
Abatable (adjective), unabatable (adjective), unabating (adjective), unabatingly (adverb)