To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from .
* 1906 , , part I, ch I,
- One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.
From (etyl) abaten, from (etyl) . Cognate to modern French abattre .
(transitive, obsolete, outside, legal) To put an end to; to cause to cease.
To become null and void.
- to abate a nuisance
(legal) To nullify; make void.
- The writ has abated .
(obsolete) To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally.
- to abate a writ
(obsolete) To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally.
- The hyer that they were in this present lyf, the moore shulle they be abated and defouled in helle.
(obsolete) To curtail; to deprive. [ ]
* 1605 , , King Lear , II.ii:
- Order restrictions and prohibitions to abate an emergency situation.
To reduce in amount, size, or value.
- She hath abated me of half my train.
- Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
To decrease in size, value, or amount.
- His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated .
To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside. [ ]
* 1597 , , [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/575 Essays or Counsels, Civil and Morall] :
* 1855 , , History of England from the Accession of James II, Part 3 , [http://books.google.com/books?id=MN5CNdgbSTYC&pg=PA267 page 267]:
- Not that they feel it so, but only to abate the edge of envy.
To decrease in intensity or force; to subside.
- The fury of Glengarry rapidly abated .
To deduct or omit.
* 1845 , , The Church History of Britain , Volume 3, [http://books.google.com/books?id=OfefAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA100 page 100]:
- We will abate this price from the total.
To bar or except.
- Allowing nine thousand parishes (abating the odd hundreds) in England and Wales
To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
(obsolete) To dull the edge or point of; to blunt.
- Abating his brutality, he was a very good master.
(archaic) To destroy, or level to the ground. [ ]
* 1542 , , The Union of the Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre and York :
- The kynge of Scottes planted his siege before the castell of Norham, and sore abated the walls.
* (bring down or reduce) lessen; diminish; contract; moderate; cut short; decrease
* (diminish in force or intensity) diminish; subside; decline; wane; ebb
* (bring someone down) humble; depress
* (come to naught) fall through; fail
* augment; accelerate; intensify; rise; revive
* abate of
From (etyl) abatre, an alteration of enbatre, from (etyl) en + .
(legal) To enter a tenement without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession.
From (etyl) abate, from (etyl) .
An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy.