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Meaning of ABET

Pronunciation:  u'bet

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
 

ABET is a 4 letter word that starts with A.

 

 See Also: assist

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \A*bet"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abetted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Abetting}.] [OF. abeter; a (L. ad) + beter to bait (as a
    bear), fr. Icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally,
    to cause to bite, fr. Icel. b[=i]ta to bite, hence to bait,
    to incite. See {Bait}, {Bet}.]
    1. To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used
       in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an
       ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice;
       to abet an insurrection. ``The whole tribe abets the
       villany.'' --South.
    
             Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus
             exposed his wealth?                   --Gay.
    
    2. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good
       sense. [Obs.].
    
             Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    
    3. (Law) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the
       commission of an offense.
    
    Syn: To incite; instigate; set on; egg on; foment; advocate;
         countenance; encourage; second; uphold; aid; assist;
         support; sustain; back; connive at.
    
    
  2. \A*bet"\, n. [OF. abet, fr. abeter.]
    Act of abetting; aid. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
    
 
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