The definition of abate means to become less or lower in amount or force than at a prior time.(verb)
An example of abate is when a hurricane becomes a tropical storm.
See abate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME abaten < OFr abattre, to beat down: see a- & batter
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verb a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing, a·bates verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English abaten
Origin: , from Old French abattre, to beat down
Origin: : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-)
Origin: + batre, to beat; see batter1.
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