abate
[ uh-beyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Middle English from Old French abatre "to fell," from a- (from Latin ad "to, at") + batre "to beat" (from Latin battere, battuere "to beat")
Synonyms
  • reduce decrease diminish
Antonyms
  • increase advance enlarge
Definition
​​to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.
Example
A) Her excitement would abate when she saw the flight cancellation notice. B) The deer in the road forced the driver to hit the brakes, desperately trying to abate his speed.
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