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meanings of abate


  1. To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
  2. To enter a tenement without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession.
  3. To become null and void.
  4. To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally.
  5. To reduce in amount, size, or value. <ref name = Chambers>Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], →ISBN), page 2</ref>.
  6. To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside.
  7. To deduct or omit.
  8. To dull the edge or point of; to blunt.
  9. To nullify; make void.
  10. To decrease in size, value, or amount. <ref name = Chambers/>.
  11. To destroy, or level to the ground.
  12. To put an end to; to cause to cease.
  13. To curtail; to deprive.
  14. To bar or except.
  15. To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally.
  16. To decrease in intensity or force; to subside.


  1. An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy.
  2. Abatement.

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