Defined: 1. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. 2. To deduct from an amount; subtract. 3. Law a. To put an end to. b. To make void. TRANSITIVE VERB
–The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
I will not abate dictionary definitions in the 3freewordsaday posts. Sometimes a nuance of a word can be learned from different entries. And I’m pleased to note that the number of dictionaries, online and in print, have not abated.
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1: to decrease in force or intensity 2 a : to become defeated or become null or void b : to decrease in amount or value