Abate is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of abate, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - become less in amount or intensity
EXAMPLES - Abate in a Sentence
- He said: "It doesn't seem to abate, that is for sure. (source)
- Perhaps if that ceased our reactive anger would abate. (source)
- It says abate the nuisance, here's how you're going to do it. (source)
- Thunderstorm risks increase Saturday afternoon and abate toward midday Sunday. (source)
- It was an efficient system, but did not do much to abate the exterior pollution. (source)
- "I don't think the protests are going to abate anytime soon short of Mubarak leaving." (source)
- And I think that if we do not abate this threat in Afghanistan, that Pakistan will be next. (source)
- < P class = MsoNormal style = "MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" > The ancient moonlight will soon abate. (source)
- The declines came after a strong week for the euro as worries about Greece appeared to abate. (source)
- Those with severe symptoms are discouraged from continuing to ascend until their symptoms abate. (source)
- Finally, it would largely abate from the sympathy which late events have elicited from foreign nation (source)
- The guide is unlikely to abate anger among some abuse victims who say the Vatican norms are toothless. (source)
- "innovation among copyright [infringers]" did not really "abate" with the introduction of the iPod/iTunes. (source)
- "And I," interposed that lady swiftly, 'have advised Lady Mary not to abate one jot of her refreshing frankness. (source)
- If we can do this, maybe we have a chance to do what so many faith communities are striving to do: abate poverty. (source)
- Nottingham Forest fans have been booing their ploayers all night and the abuse is unlikely to abate any time soon. (source)
- Once we were caught flatfooted, why no improvised gameplan and serious action taken to try to abate some of theworst? (source)
- The softness in housing starts, reflected in a report from the Commerce Department, is unlikely to abate in coming months. (source)
- Fire boats soaked the rig but the fire did not abate, as the well continued to shoot gas and oil onto the Deepwater Horizon. (source)
- Since the separation, the parallelism be more, mayhap lacking other way to abate the imbalances caused by the acts o 'people. (source)
- Yet the Dogs concept has a significant following that never seems to abate, due in part to its strength during certain periods. (source)
- The restrictions on the return of refugees from Misrata are temporary, until the scarred city's emotions abate, Mr. Sherqessiya says. (source)
- The UC system has also increased its acceptance rate of out-of-state and international students to abate its massive budget shortfall. (source)
- Losses from bad loans, meanwhile, continue to abate, and bank earnings benefit from setting aside less capital for future delinquencies. (source)
- As we develop new screening technologies and procedures, our adversaries will seek new ways to abate them, as was shown by the Christmas attack. (source)
- And with the National Weather Service forecasting more severe weather from Texas to the Great Lakes through today, the calls aren't likely to abate. (source)
- However, the 27-nation bloc had warned it would look for ways to take further restrictive measures if the government crackdown on protesters didn't abate. (source)
- Mr. Lyons's moves reflect the BBC's bid to abate criticism as the broadcaster retains a robust budget while other U.K. public institutions face major cuts. (source)
- OSHA determined that BP was in non-compliance with the settlement agreement, finding 270 "notifications of failure to abate" and 439 new willful violations. (source)
- The cost to landlords of leasing out space is starting to abate in certain markets, so we are actually beginning to see the early signs of higher effective rents. (source)
- Once we were caught flatfooted, why no improvised gameplan and serious action taken (other than photo ops with oil-drenched birds) to try to abate some of the worst? (source)
- "In our view, it is highly likely that the IRS will improperly assess penalties that it must abate later, after great expenditure of taxpayer and IRS time and effort." (source)
- If the typical retirement age is raised to 67 or even 70, this will abate some of the burden but expanding the support ratio needs to be more than an academic exercise. (source)
- Maybe it was his body taking over again, reacting in a conditioned way, even to the extent of facing down a monster in such a way as to abate the whole fleet of monsters at once. (source)
- In early August, after the well was capped and the oil threat seemed to abate, the state instructed counties and cities to stop spending BP's money without prior approval from state officials. (source)
- It slapped BP with $56.7 million in penalties for "failure to abate," but later reduced that to the $50.6 million agreed upon Thursday, after finding it had inadvertently duplicated some citations. (source)
- Economists expect the joblessness that has weighed down the nation's economic recovery will start to slowly abate in 2010, but they predict consumers will continue to keep a tight rein on spending, according to a new survey. (source)
- KLEIN: Well, I think what the Guardian Council and the Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad are trying to do is kick the can down the road, hope that these protests abate over, you know, over the next few days, which they may well do. (source)
- But thanks to a mother obsessed with keeping me pearly and cavity-free, I got braces to reel back my buck teeth, received bi-annual fluoride treatments to keep fillings at bay, and endured pricey whiteners to abate a Diet Coke-tinted grin. (source)
- Not a doubt but he is best fitted to convince a silly female that a modest claim is most likely to succeed - and she will abate her demands for him, poor foolish girl, and be less inclined to insist on fine points, and stand upon her rights. (source)
- Demand for new aircraft will be driven by expected robust growth in airline passenger traffic over the forecast period, especially in Asia, the need to replace aging aircraft, and a drive toward new, more fuel-efficient planes with high fuel costs unlikely to abate. (source)
- I made the point directly to him when I last met him in New York at the General Assembly last year that unless the international community see progress on corruption, sees progress on narcotics, then the political will of the international community to assist will abate, will be adversely affected. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "abate" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 32 synonyms for abate.
allay, chill out, coast, cool, cool it, decline, decrease, diminish, dull, dwindle, ebb, go with the flow, hang easy, hang loose, lay back, let go, let it all hang out, let up, mellow out, moderate, quell, recede, reduce, slacken, slow, subdue, subside, take it easy, taper, taper off, unlax, wane
We have 18 antonyms for abate.
advance, amplify, develop, enhance, enlarge, expand, extend, forward, grow, incite, increase, intensify, magnify, prolong, raise, revive, rise, win
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
- (verb-transitive) To deduct from an amount; subtract.
- (verb-transitive) Law To put an end to.
- (verb-transitive) Law To make void.
- (verb-intransitive) To fall off in degree or intensity; subside.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To beat down; to overthrow.
- (verb-transitive) 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
- (verb-transitive) To deduct; to omit.
- (verb-transitive) To blunt.
- (verb-transitive) To reduce in estimation; to deprive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To beat down; pull or batter down.
- (None) To deduct; subtract; withdraw from consideration.
- (None) To lessen; diminish; moderate: as, to abate a demand or a tax.
- (None) To deject; depress.
- (None) To deprive; curtail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) become less in amount or intensity
- (verb) make less active or intense