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When you say that something abates you mean that something that has a negative quality to it diminishes or, at least, the negative aspect of it diminishes.

How might you use abate in context? Here’s an example: “Despite having only just barely begun this words project, the thought of continuing it sickens me violently. But then, when I think of the millions of dollars I’ll surely make from advertising when I corner the market on Web content, those loathsome feelings abate.”

Ooh. I’d better get on with it quickly, hadn’t I? Those millions aren’t going to flow in until I’ve gotten well into the project. And, as I said, I’ve only just started. Alright, then. Enough said about abate.

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