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abate /əˈbeɪt/ vb
  1. to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc
  2. (transitive) to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
  3. to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
  4. to annul (a writ)
  5. (intransitive) (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French abatre to beat down, fell



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