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abet

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English

Etymology

From Old French abeter from a- + beter (to bait an animal), from Old Norse beīta (to bite), hence to bait, to incite, compare Icelandic beita (to set dogs on, to feed). from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (to split).
See also bait, bet.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to abet

Third person singular
abet

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
t

to abet (third-person singular simple present abet, present participle t, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (transitive) To assist or encourage by aid or countenance, especially in crime.
    He plans to abet an ill-doer.
    He plans to abet in his wicked courses.
    He plans to abet vice.
    He plans to abet an insurrection.
    The robber’s friend will abet by providing the escape car.
    • South: The whole tribe abets the villany.
    • Gay: Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth?
  2. (transitive) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.
    • Jer. Taylor: Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.

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Noun

abet

  1. (obsolete) Act of abetting; aid.

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