What does abate mean? You’re about to find out!
Quick Vocab Quiz for the word abate
First, before you read the explanation, definition, and discussion of the word abate, try this quick vocab quiz:
abate most nearly means
(A) vie (B) see (C) capture (D) flee (E) lessen
Part of Speech: VERB
Pronunciations: IPA: /ə.ˈbeɪt/ Glossary-style: [uh-BAYT]
Definition: diminish in degree, severity, or intensity; die down (Ex: His anger abated with time.).
Give it to me straight: If something abates, then it simply dies down, decreases, dimishes, or “becomes less”. That’s really all there is to it. So, we can talk about anger abating, storms abating, recessions abating, etc.
And yes, we tend to use abate to talk about bad things decreasing, but stricly speaking, there’s nothing wrong with using abate to talk about good things decreasing. For example, it is possible to use say that someone’s happiness abated.
Example: Unfortunately the gales had not yet abated by the time Chip and Dale approached Cape Horn, and the intrepid duo had to turn back.