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abate (1 the usual sense; the corresponding intr. sense ‘decrease’ is rare; 2 is common Eliz.; 3-6 are rare)
1. to lessen, shorten MND. III. ii. 432 “ thy hours!”
2. to blunt, fig. 2H4 I. i. 117 “his metal . . . once in him abated,” R3 V. iv. 48 [v. 35] “Abate the edge of traitors.”
3. to deprive “of” Lr. II. iv. 161 “a-d me of half my train.”
4. to bar, except LLL. V. ii. 545 “ throw at novum, and the whole world again Cannot pick out five such.”
5. to depreciate (a person) Cym. I. iv. 78 “I would abate her nothing.”
6. to humble Cor. III. iii. 130 “most Abated captives.”
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