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Usage examples for abate

  1. " Then we will abate it by carrying you up there," said Van Shaw smiling, and Helen smiled back at him, to Felix Bauer's rage. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  2. Offering the hand to all visitors at one's own house is a courteous and hospitable custom; and a cordial shake of the hand, when friends meet, would abate much of the coldness of manner ascribed to Americans. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. For instance, in explaining the term abate to a child, if we say it means to diminish, and he is unfamiliar with that word, he is made none the wiser by our explanation. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  4. It was resolved that another embassy, composed of the whole acting Senate, and followed by a considerable train, should proceed to Alaric; that one more effort should be made to induce him to abate his ruinous demands on the conquered; and that if this failed, the gates should be thrown open, and the city and the people abandoned to his mercy in despair. – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  5. Towards morning, however, the wind began to abate. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  6. The storm seemed to increase rather than abate its force. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  7. All the world is a deluge of rain when we leave Athabasca Landing, and we wait at the hotel till the last minute, hoping the storm may abate in order that we may reach our steamer without losing too much starch. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  8. Surely you do not abate on pocket- handkerchiefs! – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  9. He has lain there two hours or more, and the mountain storm begins to abate. – A Dog with a Bad Name by Talbot Baines Reed
  10. " She did but sleep," he said; and the Emperor clung to the chamber of his beloved, and would not abate his watchfulness " till Frastrade woke." – The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine by Francis Miltoun
  11. Abate the extreme stress of poverty, give the poor a glimpse of a more prosperous life, teach them to know their power, and the danger of poverty increases. – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson
  12. We must e'en serve ourselves and get out the horses and be off, ere the fire abate and the innkeeper and the grooms come back. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  13. " I would not abate one penny. – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
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