What does the word abate mean?

Usage examples for abate

  1. About midnight the force of the current began to abate and Robert and Willet used the paddles. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  2. Yet seeing it did not abate his interest a particle. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  3. Maurice and the war party had blamed him for the obstacles which he interposed to the outbreak of hostilities, while the British court, as we have seen, was perpetually urging him to abate from his demands and abandon both the well strengthened fortresses in the duchies and that strong citadel of distrust which in his often repeated language he was determined never to surrender. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley

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