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definition of abate:

to decrease, lessen or terminate.

abate, as it might be used:

The court rules that localities' have the power to abate nuisances endangering public health or safety.

abate, in an example:

Fergus and Fiona received a notice from the county, requiring them to cut down the overgrown weeds on their property in order to abate the fire hazard created by the brush.
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