abate /əˈbeɪt/


I. verb [no obj.]

1. (of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread

the storm suddenly abated.
2. [with obj.] make (something) less intense

nothing abated his crusading zeal.
3. [with obj.]
[Law] reduce or remove (a nuisance).

this action would not have been sufficient to abate the odour nuisance.
– origin Middle English (in the legal sense): from Old French abatre ‘to fell’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battere, battuere ‘to beat’).

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