Pronunciation: (u-bāt'), [key]
—v., a•bat•ed, a•bat•ing.
1. to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
a. to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
b. to suspend or extinguish (an action).
c. to annul (a writ).
3. to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
4. to omit: to abate all mention of names.
5. to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.
1. to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
2. Law.to end; become null and void.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.