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abate

v. to do away with a problem, such as a public or private nuisance or some structure built contrary to public policy. This can include dikes which illegally direct water onto a neighbors property, high volume noise from a rock band or a factory, an improvement constructed in violation of building and safety codes, or seepage from a faulty septic tank. (See: abatement)

abate

(Extinguish), verb abolish, abrogate, annul, cadere, cancel, defeat, destroy, discontinue, dissolve, exterminate, invalidate, nullify, obliterate, put an end to, quash, quell, repeal, rescind, revoke, terminate, void
Associated concepts: abate a bequest, abate a cause of action, abate a debt, abate a devise, abate a legacy, abate an action

abate

(Lessen), verb alleviate, curtail, decline, decrescere, diminish, imminui, lighten, limit, modify, palliate, reduce, relieve, remittere, suppress, temper
Associated concepts: abate a nuisance, abate a tax
See also: abolish, allay, alleviate, assuage, cease, check, commute, curtail, decrease, deduct, diminish, discount, ease, enjoin, give, lapse, lessen, minimize, mitigate, moderate, modify, mollify, obtund, quash, reduce, relax, relieve, remit, restrain, subdue, subside, yield

abate

see ABATEMENT.
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As soon as the violence of the blast had abated a little, Nikita took off his mittens, stuck them into his belt, breathed onto his hands, and began to undo the straps of the shaft-bow.
Holker was so profoundly affected by that possible failure of justice that he involuntarily stopped in the middle of the road, then resumed his walk with abated zeal.
He had abated his vigilance and stood looking down at the body.
The latter was, as she admitted, growing old, but her black eyes were not dim nor the vigor of her tongue in the least abated.
The satisfaction which the captain received from the kind behaviour of Miss Bridget, was not a little abated by his apprehensions of Mr Allworthy; for, notwithstanding his disinterested professions, the captain imagined he would, when he came to act, follow the example of the rest of the world, and refuse his consent to a match so disadvantageous, in point of interest, to his sister.
These wise and sober thoughts continued all the while the storm lasted, and indeed some time after; but the next day the wind was abated, and the sea calmer, and I began to be a little inured to it; however, I was very grave for all that day, being also a little sea-sick still; but towards night the weather cleared up, the wind was quite over, and a charming fine evening followed; the sun went down perfectly clear, and rose so the next morning; and having little or no wind, and a smooth sea, the sun shining upon it, the sight was, as I thought, the most delightful that ever I saw.
An irresistible reluctance continued to going home; and as I stayed away a while, the remembrance of the distress I had been in wore off, and as that abated, the little motion I had in my desires to return wore off with it, till at last I quite laid aside the thoughts of it, and looked out for a voyage.
You may be sure I could not rest without inquiring again very quickly what was become of him; and not venturing to go myself, I sent several sham messengers, till after a fortnight's waiting longer, I found that there was hopes of his life, though he was still very ill; then I abated my sending any more to the house, and in some time after I learned in the neighbourhood that he was about house, and then that he was abroad again.
Prior to building demolition, asbestos and other hazardous materials must be abated.
The bank said that downside risks to the global economy appeared to have abated, particularly in China, Europe and the United States.
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday as worries about the eurozone debt crisis abated after European Union leaders reached an agreement last week on ways to address it.
If there is any violation involving equipment, MSHA is able to immediately shut down the equipment until the violation is abated.