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(v.) to humiliate, degrade
abase
(After being overthrown and abased, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror.)
(v.) to reduce, lessen
abate
(The rain poured down for a while, then abated.)
(v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership
abdicate
(When he realized that the revolutionaries would surely win, the king abdicated his throne.)
(v.) to kidnap, take by force
abduct
(The evildoers abducted the fairy princess from her happy home.)
(n.) something that differs from the norm
aberration
(In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but the success turned out to be an aberration, and the Red Sox have not won a World Series since.)
(v.) to aid, help, encourage
abet
(The spy succeeded only because he had a friend on the inside to abet him.)
(v.) to hate, detest
abhor
(Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head when he tried to play soccer, Oswald began to abhor the sport.)
1. (v.) to put up with
2. (v.) to remain
abide
1.(Though he did not agree with the decision, Chuck decided to abide by it.)
2. (Despite the beating they’ve taken from the weather throughout the millennia, the mountains abide.)
(adj.) wretched, pitiful
abject
(After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and breaking her ankle, Eloise was abject.)
(v.) to reject, renounce
abjure
(To prove his honesty, the President abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor.)
(n.) denial of comfort to oneself
abnegation
(The holy man slept on the floor, took only cold showers, and generally followed other practices of abnegation.)
(v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort
abort
(After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to abort and go home.)
1. (v.) to cut down, shorten
2. (adj.) shortened
abridge
1.(The publisher thought the dictionary was too long and abridged it.)
2.(Moby-Dick is such a long book that even the abridged version is longer than most normal books.)
(v.) to abolish, usually by authority
abrogate
(The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot abrogate our right to a free press.)
(v.) to sneak away and hide
abscond
(In the confusion, the super-spy absconded into the night with the secret plans.)