Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: abate
IPA transcription: [əb'eɪt]
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: abate, let_up, slack_off, slack, die_away
    Meaning: become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"
  • Synonyms: slake, abate, slack
    Meaning: make less active or intense
Usage examples
  • The rain did not abate.
  • For six days and nights the storm raged, but on the seventh day it subsided and the flood began to abate.
  • One thing he determined, that he would cross the sea without delay, so that he might joust with the dansellon, and abate his pride.
  • "Seek you any here?" demanded Heyward, when the other had arrived sufficiently nigh to abate his speed; "I trust you are no messenger of evil tidings?"
  • They believe that the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy, but that the promulgation of abolition doctrines tends rather to increase than abate its evils.
  • Through the kindness of friends I am enabled to give recipes for medicines considered as useful, or, at any rate, tending to abate the severity of the attack in the one, and utterly eradicate the other.
  • Music is all-powerful to awaken the one, but powerless to abate the other; and the eyes that weep over the pathetic strains of "Lochaber" can gaze without a tear upon the death-agonies of a slaughtered friend.
  • Mrs. Ballinger, who had been the belle of Richmond and was still adjudged the handsomest woman in San Francisco, lifted the eyebrows to which sonnets had been written with an air of haughty resignation; but made up her mind to abate her scorn of the North and order her gowns from New York hereafter.
  • Laud and his associates, by reviving a few primitive institutions of this nature, corrected the error of the first reformers, and presented to the affrightened and astonished mind some sensible, exterior observances, which might occupy it during its religious exercises, and abate the violence of its disappointed efforts.