Abet meaning

ə-bĕt
To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on.
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The definition of abet means to support or help with an action, usually an illegal one.

An example of abet is to give a ride to a person who just robbed a store.

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To actively, knowingly, and/or intentionally aid, encourage, incite, instigate, or otherwise support the commission of an act.
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To incite; to assist or encourage by aid or countenance in crime. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
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(archaic) To support, countenance, maintain, uphold, or aid any good cause, opinion, or action; to maintain. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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(obsolete) Fraud or cunning. [First attested from 1150 to 1350.]
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(obsolete) An act of abetting; of helping; of giving aid. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.]
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To urge, encourage, or help (a person).

Abetted the thief in robbing the bank.

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To incite, sanction, or help, esp. in wrongdoing.
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Origin of abet

  • Middle English abetten from Old French abeter to entice a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) beter to bait bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alternate etymology traces the Middle English and Old French words through Old English *ābǣtan (“to hound on”), from ā- + bǣtan (“to bait”), from the same Proto-Germanic source.

    From Wiktionary

  • See also bait, bet.

    From Wiktionary