- 1(Of something perceived as hostile, threatening, or negative) become less intense or widespread: the storm suddenly abatedMore example sentences
- November to April is the wet season but heavy tropical storms can abate as suddenly as they arrive.
- The spring saw the quick end of major combat abroad, while the threat of a widespread SARS epidemic abated.
- The challenges of rising health care costs and Medicare premiums will not suddenly abate.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause to become smaller or less intense: nothing abated his crusading zealMore example sentences
- Space constraint did not abate their zeal to get a glimpse of the amazing cultural divergence of the nation.
- Let's work on abating the mosquitoes in this environment.
- In the same breath I say the government and police are the ones responsible for solving or abating the situation.
- 1.2 [with object] Law Lessen, reduce, or remove (especially a nuisance): this action would not have been sufficient to abate the odor nuisanceMore example sentences
- The plaintiffs sought an injunction requiring the defendants to abate the nuisance as well as damages.
- This defendant was required to abate the nuisance by noise identified in the abatement notice.
- A distinction is drawn between Abatement Notices which require works to be done and those which merely require the recipient to abate the identified nuisance.
Middle English (in the legal sense 'put a stop to (a nuisance)'): from Old French abatre 'to fell', from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + batre 'to beat' (from Latin battere, battuere 'to beat').