Part of speech: verb

To lessen; reduce; do away with.

Part of speech: verb

To grow less; decrease.

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Usage examples "abate":

  1. That was his view and he would not abate it. - "This Freedom", A. S. M. Hutchinson.
  2. That the fever would presently abate, and the ex- officer be spared his life, seemed highly probable. - "Anthony Lyveden", Dornford Yates.
  3. Not that moment's darkness only, but all the hardness of years seemed to abate in the old skipper's features, so that presently Captain Nat stood transfigured. - "The Hole in the Wall", Arthur Morrison.