abate


abate
abate 1 *abolish, extinguish, annihilate
Analogous words: end, terminate (see CLOSE): *annul, void, abrogate: cancel, obliterate (see ERASE): *nullify, invalidate
Antonyms: perpetuate
Contrasted words: *continue, last, persist, abide
2 reduce, diminish, *decrease, lessen
Analogous words: retard, slow, slacken, *delay: *moderate, temper: mitigate, lighten, alleviate (see RELIEVE)
Antonyms: augment: accelerate (pace, speed): intensify (hopes, fears, a fever)
Contrasted words: *increase, multiply, enlarge: aggravate, heighten, enhance (see INTENSIFY): *speed, quicken, hurry
3 abate, subside, wane, ebb all mean to die down in force or intensity; all imply previous approach to a high point and present movement or decline towards a vanishing point.
Abate, however, stresses the idea of progressive diminution in intensity while subside suggests falling to a low level and cessation of turbulence or agitation
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the wind is abating; the waves are subsiding

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the revolutionary spirit has abatedGrandgent

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the child’s quick temper subsided into listlessness under the fierce Italian heat— Repplier

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Wane adds to abate the implications of fading or weakening; it tends, therefore, to be used of things that have value or excellence as well as force and intensity
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after the first flush of excitement, the interest of doctors, nurses, and patients all began to waneHeiser

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Ebb adds to abate the suggestion of recession or of gradual loss; it is idiomatically associated with things subject to fluctuation
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ebbing vitality is often a warning of illness

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there were many, many stages in the ebbing of her love for him, but it was always ebbingD. H. Lawrence

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Analogous words: dwindle, diminish, *decrease
Antonyms: rise: revive
Contrasted words: *increase, augment: *expand, swell, dilate: mount, soar, tower, surge (see RISE)

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  • abate — /ə bāt/ vb abat·ed, abat·ing [Old French abattre, literally, to knock down, from a , prefix stressing result + battre to beat] vt 1 a: to put an end to or do away with abate a nuisance b: make void: null …   Law dictionary

  • Abate — (geistlicher Titel in Italien und Spanien, Abt) steht für: Carlo Maria Abate (* 1932), italienischer Autorennfahrer Fabio Abate (* 1966), Schweizer Politiker Giovanni Abate (Fußballspieler, 1976) (* 1976), italienischer Fußballspieler Giovanni… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Abate — 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. [1913 Webster] The fury of Glengarry . . . rapidly abated. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To be defeated, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abate — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abate — puede referirse a: Abate: 1. m. Eclesiástico de órdenes menores, y a veces simple tonsurado, que solía vestir traje clerical a la romana. 2. m. Presbítero extranjero, especialmente francés o italiano, y también eclesiástico español que ha… …   Wikipedia Español

  • abate — a‧bate [əˈbeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] formal to become less strong or damaging, or to make something do this: • The level of wage settlements has shown no signs of abating in recent months. abatement noun [uncountable] : • the cost of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Abate — may refer to: * A brand name for temefos * ABATE, a motorcycle club * Abate (surname) * AbatementDefinition:to weaken, make less.Synonyms:decrease,nullify,stop,quit …   Wikipedia

  • abate — abate; abate·ment; …   English syllables

  • abate — sustantivo masculino 1. Clérigo francés o italiano o eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho tiempo en Italia o Francia: El abate Marchena es una figura importante de la literatura española. 2. Clérigo cortesano y frívolo del siglo XVIII: En… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • abate — (Del it. abate). 1. m. Eclesiástico de órdenes menores, y a veces simple tonsurado, que solía vestir traje clerical a la romana. 2. Presbítero extranjero, especialmente francés o italiano, y también eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho… …   Diccionario de la lengua española


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