- The definition of abate means to become less or lower in amount or force than at a prior time.
An example of abate is when a hurricane becomes a tropical storm.
abate definition by Webster's New World
- to make less in amount, degree, force, etc.
- to deduct
- Law to put a stop to (a suit or action), end (a nuisance), etc.; terminate
Origin: Middle English abaten ; from Old French abattre, to beat down: see a- and amp; batter
abate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing, a·bates verb, transitive
- To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
- To deduct from an amount; subtract.
- Law a. To put an end to.b. To make void.
- To fall off in degree or intensity; subside.
- Law To become void.
Origin: Middle English abaten, from Old French abattre, to beat down : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + batre, to beat; see batter1.
abate - Legal Definition