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abaft
adv.
Toward the stern.
abase
tr.v. a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es
To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. See Synonyms at degrade.
v : cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin,
abash
tr.v. a·bashed, a·bash·ing, a·bash·es
To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
v : cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious [syn: embarrass]
abate
v. a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing, a·bates
v. tr.
To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
To deduct from an amount; subtract.
Law.
To put an end to.
To make void.

v. intr.
To fall off in degree or intensity; subside.
Law. To become void.
abattoir
n.
A slaughterhouse.
Something likened to a slaughterhouse: “The hand of God and mankind's self-inflicted blows seem equally heavy... giving a strong cumulative impression of the world as an abattoir” (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
n : a building where animals are butchered [syn: butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse]
abbe
n : a French abbot
abbess
n.
The superior of a monastery.
Abbr. Abb. Used as a title for such a person.
n : the superior of a group of nuns [syn: mother superior, prioress]
abbey
n. pl. ab·beys
A monastery supervised by an abbot.
A convent supervised by an abbess.
A church that is or once was part of a monastery or convent.
n 1: a church associated with a monastery or convent 2: a convent ruled by an abbess 3: a monastery ruled by an abbot
abbot
n.
The superior of a monastery.
Abbr. Abb. Used as a title for such a person.
n : the superior of an abbey of monks [syn: archimandrite]
abbreviate
tr.v. ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing, ab·bre·vi·ates
To make shorter. See Synonyms at shorten.
To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
v 1: shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'" 2: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, shorten, cut, contract, reduce] [ant: elaborate]
abbreviation
n.
The act or product of shortening.
A shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing to represent the complete form, such as Mass. for Massachusetts or USMC for United States Marine Corps.
n 1: a shortened form of a word or phrase 2: shortening something by omitting parts of it
abdicate
v. ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing, ab·di·cates
v. tr.
To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.

v. intr.
To relinquish formally a high office or responsibility.
v : give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee" [syn: renounce]
abdomen
n.

The part of the body that lies between the chest and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas. Also called belly, venter.
abduct
tr.v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
To carry off by force; kidnap.
Physiology. To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
abed
adv.
In bed.