A Dictionary of the English Language/abate

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To Aba′te. v. a. [from the French abbatre, to beat down.]

1.
To lessen, to diminish.




2.
To deject, or depress the mind.




3.
In commerce, to let down the price in selling, sometimes to beat down the price in buying.


To Aba′te. v. n.

1.
To grow less; as, his passion abates; the storm abates. It is used sometimes with the particle of before the thing lessened.


2.
[In common law.]


3.
[In horsemanship.] A horse is said to abate or take down his curvets; when working upon curvets, he puts his two hind legs to the ground both at once, and observes the same exactness in all the times. Dict.