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But the colonel did not abate one whit of his craft or caution.

Naval activity in the northern waters of Europe did not abate.

She has two fits of fever daily, and the disease does not abate.

Then long hour followed long hour, but the inquietude of her mood did not abate.

Certainly, but I shall exert all my strength to abate yours.

More than once he had hoped the insensate fury of the blizzard might abate.

The fetid stench of an English prison ship could not abate his love of liberty and country.

The small boys on the bench had had leisure to abate their ardour by this time.

An hour, and the storm did not abate and the man did not return.

Nor in so saying do I abate one inch of my stand for white supremacy.

WORD ORIGIN

"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.

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