Abate and Abatement Definition and Meaning: What Does Abate Mean?

Definition of ABATEMENT


noun \ə-ˈbāt-mənt\


: the act or process of abating : the state of being abated


: an amount abated; especially : a deduction from the full amount of a tax

Examples of ABATEMENT

  1. <entitled to a tax abatement for child care expenses>

  2. <there's been a significant abatement in noise from the floor above since the upstairs neighbors installed carpets>

First Known Use of ABATEMENT

14th century

abate, abatement, abated, abating, abates

a·bate (-bt)

v. a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing, a·bates


1. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.

2. To deduct from an amount; subtract.

3. Law

a. To put an end to.

b. To make void.


1. To fall off in degree or intensity; subside.

2. Law To become void.

[Middle English abaten, from Old French abattre, to beat down : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + batre, to beat

abate [əˈbeɪt]


1. to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc. the storm has abated

2. (Law) (tr) Law

a.  to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)

b.  to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)

c.  to annul (a writ)

3. (Law) (intr) Law (of a writ, legal action, etc.) to become null and void

4. (tr) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price

[from Old French abatre to beat down, fell]

Verb 1. abate - make less active or intense

slake, slack

minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"

2. abate - become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"

die away, let up, slack off, slack

decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"



1. Synonyms: decrease, decline, relax, ease, sink, fade, weaken, diminish, dwindle, lessen, slow, wane, subside, ebb, let up, slacken, attenuate, taper off The storms soon abated.

decrease Antonyms: increase, strengthen, intensify, escalate, multiply, magnify

2. Synonyms: reduce, slow, relax, ease, relieve, moderate, weaken, dull, diminish, decrease, lessen, alleviate, quell, mitigate, attenuate a government programme to abate greenhouse gas emissions

reduce Antonyms: increase, boost, add to, strengthen, enhance, intensify, escalate, multiply, magnify, amplify, augment

Abate sentence examples

  • Abate the nuisance by reprisals on small German towns.

  • March 21st, 2006 the company’s greed never abates!

  • Abate with time, is yet a question.

  • For the last race, the rain never abated, the wind moved round to the north, and the temperature dropped.

  • Abated by the time that the young explorer left home.

  • Abated within hours of restarting the drug.

  • Abated somewhat by august.

  • Abated for a while.

  • Abate pace was just as fast, the two seasoned athletes abating nothing of their fire.

  • Abaten where this is the case, departments should consider abating any future payments due to the recipient of the overpayment.

  • Abately the competition was extremely tough and we see no signs of this abating in the year to come.

  • Abate emissions from the sector.

  • However as the weather front moved through the wind abated and with it came sunshine and a changing wind direction.

  • As we crossed over the mountains that run down the center of Upolu and headed toward the southern coast the rain gradually abated.

  • Abatedence from the demand side suggests that there is little sign of this trend abating in the immediate future.

  • Abate low frequency noise from the lift.

  • Abated slightly with gusts coming down the river at a mere thirty five miles per hour.

  • The swollen stream had abated and the stream at the entrance was much abated so in we went.

  • The threat of further terror strikes in the capital has not abated.

Meaning of Abate

A reduction, a decrease, or a diminution in general. The suspension or cessation, in whole or in part, of a continuing charge, such as rent.

A reduction in or reprieve from a tax, debt or any other payment obligation. An abatement is sometimes included in a contract, for example abatement of rent in the event that a building is destroyed by fire, flood or other accident.

With respect to estates, an abatement is a proportional diminution or reduction of the monetary legacies, a disposition of property by will, when the funds or assets out of which such legacies are payable are insufficient to pay them in full. The intention of the testator, when expressed in the will, governs the order in which property will abate. Where the will is silent, abatement occurs in the following order: intestate property, gifts that pass by the residuary clause in the will, general legacies, and specific legacies.

In the context of taxation, an abatement is a decrease in the amount of tax imposed. Abatement of taxes relieves property of its share of the burdens of taxation after the assessment has been made and the levy of the tax has been accomplished.


abatement n. 1) the removal of a problem which is against public or private policy, or endangers others, including nuisances such as weeds that might catch fire on an otherwise empty lot; 2) an equal reduction of recovery of debts by all creditors when there are not enough funds or assets to pay the full amount; 3) an equal reduction of benefits to beneficiaries (heirs) when an estate is not large enough to pay each beneficiary in full.

A reduction, a decrease, or a diminution. The suspension or cessation, in whole or in part, of a continuing charge, such as rent.

abatement (Extinguishment), noun abolition, annulment, cancellation, deadening, defeat, discontinuance, dissolution, elimination, extermination, invalidation, nonuse, nullification, obliteration, remissio, rescindment, revocation, termination, voidance

Associated concepts: abatement by death, abatement of a bequest, abatement of a cause of action, abatement of a freehold, abatement of a legacy, abatement of an action, abatement of debts, abatement of taxes, plea in abatement

Foreign phrases: Cassetur billa. That the bill be quashed. Cassetur breve. That the writ be quashed.

abatement (Reduction), noun alleviation, curtailment, declination, decline, decrease, decrement, deminutio, diminution, lessening, lightening, limitation, mitigation, modification, palliation, reduction, relief, remissio, suppression, tempering

Associated concepts: abatable nuisance, abatement of a tax


[v] become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"

[v] make less active or intense

ABATE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.

Synonyms: die away, let up, slack, slack off, slake

See Also: decrease, diminish, fall, lessen, minify

Webster's 1913 Dictionary


\A*bate"\ ([.a]*b[=a]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abated}, p.

pr. & vb. n. {Abating}.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F.

abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular

form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. {Bate}, {Batter}.]

1. To beat down; to overthrow. [Obs.]

The King of Scots . . . sore abated the walls.

--Edw. Hall.

2. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.

3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.

4. To blunt. [Obs.]

To abate the edge of envy.


5. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. [Obs.]

6. (Law)

(a) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ.

(b) (Eng. Law) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.

{To abate a tax}, to remit it either wholly or in part.

\A*bate"\ ([.a]*b[=a]t"), v. i. [See {Abate}, v. t.]

1. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.

2. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.

{To abate into a freehold}, {To abate in lands} (Law), to enter into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, and before the heir takes possession. See {Abatement}

Abate Usage

Usage: To {Abate}, {Subside}. These words, as here compared, imply a coming down from some previously raised or excited state. Abate expresses this in respect to degrees, and implies a diminution of force or of intensity; as, the storm abates, the cold abates, the force of the wind abates; or, the wind abates, a fever abates. Subside (to settle down) has reference to a previous state of agitation or commotion; as, the waves subside after a storm, the wind subsides into a calm. When the words are used figuratively, the same distinction should be observed. If we conceive of a thing as having different degrees of intensity or strength, the word to be used is abate. Thus we say, a man's anger abates, the ardor of one's love abates, ``Winter's rage abates''. But if the image be that of a sinking down into quiet from preceding excitement or commotion, the word to be used is subside; as, the tumult of the people subsides, the public mind subsided into a calm. The same is the case with those emotions which are tumultuous in their nature; as, his passion subsides, his joy quickly subsided, his grief subsided into a pleasing melancholy. Yet if, in such cases, we were thinking of the degree of violence of the emotion, we might use abate; as, his joy will abate in the progress of time; and so in other instances.

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