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Definition to become less in amount or intensity
  • The storm abated.
abated = became less in amount or intensity
  • 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
  • abated = stopped
  • 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
  • abated = diminished (become less intense)
  • ...the river breached its banks during a series of major floods, carved a new channel, and began to gush unabated into the Imperial Valley Canal.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • unabated = without being diminished (weakened)
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unabated means not. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord, That would reduce these bloody days again, And make poor England weep in streams of blood!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The rain had begun in mid-afternoon, had shortly reached a crescendo, the clouds like broken dams, and then abated.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • By this time next year, you and Hardwick will be wanting to have me abated as a nuisance.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The floods had abated and the Rajah was officially dead, so the Guest House party were departing next morning, as decorum required.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Abate, with a last womanly caress, The bitterness to me of this predestined hour.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • They sat in that way without looking at each other, until the rain abated and began to fall in stillness.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The wind abates, the sun comes out, the trail across is flat—frozen seawater—and the dogs are well rested.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • It was night at Marygreen, and the rain of the afternoon showed no sign of abatement.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • We abate nothing of our just demands; not one jot or tittle do we recede.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
  • Though the bitter cold did not abate, the daylight hours grew perceptibly longer.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • When the storm abated and they rode out to check the cattle he tied an old flannel shirt over his ears and they still felt frozen.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Then the winds suddenly abated for a moment, and miraculously Happenstance began to right itself, the mast rising slightly into the ebony sky.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • 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
  • 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
  • [The storm abates a little and Laura leans back.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Even the pain of his broken hand, now badly swollen, had abated.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters

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