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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 a·bate /əˈbet/ 動詞
 緩和, 減弱, 減少, 廢除

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bate v. i.
 1. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.
    The fury of Glengarry . . . rapidly abated.   --Macaulay.
 2. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.
 To abate into a freehold, To abate in lands Law, to enter into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, and before the heir takes possession. See Abatement, 4.
 Syn: -- To subside; decrease; intermit; decline; diminish; lessen.
 Usage: -- To Abate, Subside. These words, as here compared, imply a coming down from some previously raised or excited state. Abate expresses this in respect to degrees, and implies a diminution of force or of intensity; as, the storm abates, the cold abates, the force of the wind abates; or, the wind abates, a fever abates. Subside (to settle down) has reference to a previous state of agitation or commotion; as, the waves subside after a storm, the wind subsides into a calm. When the words are used figuratively, the same distinction should be observed. If we conceive of a thing as having different degrees of intensity or strength, the word to be used is abate. Thus we say, a man's anger abates, the ardor of one's love abates, “Winter's rage abates. But if the image be that of a sinking down into quiet from preceding excitement or commotion, the word to be used is subside; as, the tumult of the people subsides, the public mind subsided into a calm. The same is the case with those emotions which are tumultuous in their nature; as, his passion subsides, his joy quickly subsided, his grief subsided into a pleasing melancholy. Yet if, in such cases, we were thinking of the degree of violence of the emotion, we might use abate; as, his joy will abate in the progress of time; and so in other instances.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abated, p. pr. & vb. n. Abating.]
 1. To beat down; to overthrow. [Obs.]
    The King of Scots . . . sore abated the walls.   --Edw. Hall.
 2. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.
    His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.   --Deut. xxxiv. 7.
 3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.
    Nine thousand parishes, abating the odd hundreds.   --Fuller.
 4. To blunt. [Obs.]
    To abate the edge of envy.   --Bacon.
 5. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. [Obs.]
    She hath abated me of half my train.   --Shak.
 6. Law (a) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ. (b) Eng. Law To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
 To abate a tax, to remit it either wholly or in part.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bate n. Abatement. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: make less active or intense [syn: slake, slack]
      2: become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The
         rain let up after a few hours" [syn: let up, slack off,
          slack, die away]