abateabate ə-bāt ( vb )
1 a :to put an end to or do away with [⁓ a nuisance]
b :to make void:nullify [⁓ an action]
2 :to reduce in amount esp. proportionately [⁓ a tax]
1 :to become defeated or become null or void [when a public officer who is a party to an appeal…in an official capacity dies…the action does not ⁓
2 :to decrease in amount or value [the legacies
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