Variant of abate
transitive verbabated, abating
- 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 of abateMiddle English abaten ; from Old French abattre, to beat down: see a- and amp; batter
to become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish