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The storm abated.
  to become less in amount or intensity
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Abate is used in place of decrease or reduce for an educated audience when describing the reduction of something bad. More rarely, it can be used in a legal sense to mean that something is eliminated entirely.
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  • The storm abated.
  • When he opened them again it was evening and some of the sharp pain had abated, there were many dull aches, and the crash came back to him fully.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • By Wednesday, Luke’s headache had abated slightly, but he feared he wouldn’t be well enough to compete in Macon, Georgia, over the coming weekend.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Esme’s sobs abated as she watched hint bend the clay man’s legs and sit him on the edge of the tub.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Though the bitter cold did not abate, the daylight hours grew perceptibly longer.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The tightness in her stomach abated, and she sighed through her nose.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "Bad in your head," said the Pirate King, who was now only the boy from his class and they were in the school hall, not the deck of the pirate ship, although the storm had not abated and the floor of the hall pitched and rolled like a ship at sea.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The wind abates, the sun comes out, the trail across is flat—frozen seawater—and the dogs are well rested.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • But that feeling of separateness abates, it must, when one is in labor, crying, then screaming, then laughing, and then hearing some other woman doing the same.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • The wind had somewhat abated but was still blowing.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • He hopes the rains will abate.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • As the night faded into day, he began to tire, but my rage never abated.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • How long I scramble along dodging the fireballs I can’t say, but the attacks finally begin to abate.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The research was part of a study examining lead abatement methods, and all families involved were black.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The sky remained dark around us, but the clouds of dust abated somewhat.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Already the sudden storm is passing, and its fierceness is abating.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The morrow produced no abatement of Mrs. Bennet’s ill-humour or ill health.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The wild elements were slow to abate, but as the day passed, they wandered elsewhere.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Once the rains abated, my father’s garden thrived in the heat like an unleashed temper.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And still the gunfire never abated.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • At which point the revelry mixed with meanness abated and King Walker handed Milkman his Winchester .22.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • he kept shrieking with no abatement of terror as the flak thumped and mushroomed all about him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But much abatement is necessary with respect to the incredible bulk he assigns it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was not for his friend to abate that confidence.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • By degrees the wind abated, vast gray clouds rolled towards the west, and the blue firmament appeared studded with bright stars.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then she picked me up in her arms and the terror abated for a while.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The waves of the great movement abate, and on the calm surface eddies are formed in which float the diplomatists, who imagine that they have caused the floods to abate.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • When a thing suited him he paid the price demanded, without thinking to ask for any abatement.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It has done nothing but rain all summer; the wind irritates me; the wind does not abate.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • On the afternoon of May 15, when the blizzard finally abated, I returned to the southeast face and climbed to the top of a slender ridge that abuts the upper peak like a flying buttress on a Gothic cathedral.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • By the time he got to the Upland Highway it was full dark, but the snowstorm showed no sign of abating.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • When Eliza referred again to her project of teaching phonetics, Higgins abated not a jot of his violent opposition to it.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He walked up one street, and down another, until exercise had abated the first passion of his grief; and then the revulsion of feeling made him thirsty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • By midmorning the storm had abated, although a continuous drizzle still percolated through the mist.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The latter was, as she admitted, growing old, but her black eyes were not dim nor the vigor of her tongue in the least abated.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Helen regarded me, probably with surprise: I could not now abate my agitation, though I tried hard; I continued to weep aloud.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Seek you any here?" demanded Heyward, when the other had arrived sufficiently nigh to abate his speed; "I trust you are no messenger of evil tidings?"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In the night, when the anguish which had followed my father’s visit was somewhat abated, I lay awake, puzzling.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Although, by a seemingly careless arrangement of his heterogeneous garb, he had endeavoured to conceal or abate the peculiarity, it was sufficiently evident to Hester Prynne that one of this man’s shoulders rose higher than the other.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Some hopes I had, that when the storm was abated I might be able to get some food and necessaries out of her, which I conceived were not damaged, because the ship did stand upright.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Harry was not sure his anger had abated yet; but his thirst for information was now overcoming his urge to keep shouting.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Something should have happened at that point: the fire should have abated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "And it would not be quite fair to Miraz," Peter continued, "to have in sight anything that might abate the edge of his courage."
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The storm abated.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Sweet Portia, If you did know to whom I gave the ring, If you did know for whom I gave the ring, And would conceive for what I gave the ring, And how unwillingly I left the ring, When nought would be accepted but the ring, You would abate the strength of your displeasure.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The three women sat talking about various miseries they had had, their cure or abatement, what had helped.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • If the wind didn’t abate-and soon-the summit would be out of the question for all of us.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The pain , except for the excruciating agony of his left knee , seemed to have abated a tiny bit.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • ] The power of love is really pretty tremendous! Love is something that-changes the whole world, Laura! [The storm abates a little and Laura leans back.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • The storm will abate by the morning.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
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