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SAT word of the day by maryjane16
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 12:38 pm
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Each day we’ll try to post a new word or a couple of words for those of you ready to take the SAT’s. We’ll give you a word, the definition and use it in a sentence. Make sure to check back often to take advantage of the easy study time! We also have a large collection of SAT practice books at our branches and practice tests online through our website at Learning Express.


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): abat·ed; abat·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French abatre to strike down — more at rebate
Date: 13th century

transitive verb 1 a : to put an end to <abate a nuisance> b : nullify 1 <abate a writ>
2 a : to reduce in degree or intensity : moderate <may abate their rancor to win peace> b : to reduce in value or amount : make less especially by way of relief <abate a tax>
3 : deduct, omit <abate part of the price>
4 a : to beat down or cut away so as to leave a figure in relief b obsolete : blunt
5 : deprive 2

The rain abated after hours of downpours.


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrē-vē-ˌāt\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): ab·bre·vi·at·ed; ab·bre·vi·at·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare — more at abridge
Date: 15th century

: to make briefer; especially : to reduce to a shorter form intended to stand for the whole

synonyms see shorten

We abbreviate words when we chat online.

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