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a·bet

 (ə-bĕt′)
tr.v. a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting, a·bets
1. To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on.
2. To urge, encourage, or help (a person): abetted the thief in robbing the bank.

[Middle English abetten, from Old French abeter, to entice : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + beter, to bait; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

a·bet′ment n.
a·bet′tor, a·bet′ter n.
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abet

(əˈbɛt)
vb, abets, abetting or abetted
(tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
[C14: from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait]
aˈbetment, aˈbettal n
aˈbetter, aˈbettor n
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a•bet

(əˈbɛt)

v.t. a•bet•ted, a•bet•ting.
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usu. in wrongdoing.
[1275–1325; Middle English abette, Old English *ābǣtan to hound on =ā- a-3 + bǣtan to bait, akin to bite]
a•bet′ment, a•bet′tal, n.
a•bet′tor, a•bet′ter, n.
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abet


Past participle: abetted
Gerund: abetting

Imperative
abet
abet
Present
I abet
you abet
he/she/it abets
we abet
you abet
they abet
Preterite
I abetted
you abetted
he/she/it abetted
we abetted
you abetted
they abetted
Present Continuous
I am abetting
you are abetting
he/she/it is abetting
we are abetting
you are abetting
they are abetting
Present Perfect
I have abetted
you have abetted
he/she/it has abetted
we have abetted
you have abetted
they have abetted
Past Continuous
I was abetting
you were abetting
he/she/it was abetting
we were abetting
you were abetting
they were abetting
Past Perfect
I had abetted
you had abetted
he/she/it had abetted
we had abetted
you had abetted
they had abetted
Future
I will abet
you will abet
he/she/it will abet
we will abet
you will abet
they will abet
Future Perfect
I will have abetted
you will have abetted
he/she/it will have abetted
we will have abetted
you will have abetted
they will have abetted
Future Continuous
I will be abetting
you will be abetting
he/she/it will be abetting
we will be abetting
you will be abetting
they will be abetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abetting
you have been abetting
he/she/it has been abetting
we have been abetting
you have been abetting
they have been abetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abetting
you will have been abetting
he/she/it will have been abetting
we will have been abetting
you will have been abetting
they will have been abetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abetting
you had been abetting
he/she/it had been abetting
we had been abetting
you had been abetting
they had been abetting
Conditional
I would abet
you would abet
he/she/it would abet
we would abet
you would abet
they would abet
Past Conditional
I would have abetted
you would have abetted
he/she/it would have abetted
we would have abetted
you would have abetted
they would have abetted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abet - assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoingabet - assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
assist - act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
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abet

verb
1. help, aid, encourage, sustain, assist, uphold, back, second, incite, egg on, succour We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
2. encourage, further, forward, promote, urge, boost, prompt, spur, foster, incite, connive at The media have abetted the feeling of unreality.
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abet

verb
To give support or assistance:
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Translations
يُسَاعِدُ عَلَى جَرِيمَه
navádětpodporovat
opmuntretilskynde
avustaatukeaylläpitääyllyttää
adjutarincitarincorariar
aîstoîa, hvetja
kurstytipadėti
kūdīt
arka vermekteşvik etmek
khíchtiếp tayxúi bẩyxúi giục

abet

[əˈbet] VT [+ criminal] → incitar; [+ crime] → instigar
to abet sb in a crimeser cómplice de algn en un delito
see also aid 2
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abet

[əˈbɛt] vt
[+ criminal] → aider, encourager
see aid
(= make possible) [+ crime, injustice, terrorist act] → aider à commettre
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abet

vt crime, criminalbegünstigen, Vorschub leisten (+dat); (fig)unterstützen
vi ? aid VT
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abet

(əˈbet) past tense, past participle aˈbetted verb
to help or encourage to do something wrong. He abetted his cousin in robbing the bank.
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References in classic literature ?
All these things also which are done in an extreme democracy should be done in a tyranny, as permitting great licentiousness to the women in the house, that they may reveal their husbands' secrets; and showing great indulgence to slaves also for the same reason; for slaves and women conspire not against tyrants: but when they are treated with kindness, both of them are abettors of tyrants, and extreme democracies also; and the people too in such a state desire to be despotic.
And look not for allies; I know indeed Such height of insolence was never reached Without abettors or accomplices; Thou hast some backer in thy bold essay, But I will search this matter home and see One man doth not prevail against the State.
What a situation, now, for a patriotic senator, that had been all the week before spurring up the legislature of his native state to pass more stringent resolutions against escaping fugitives, their harborers and abettors!
Newman watched their genuflections and gyrations with a grim, still enmity; they seemed aids and abettors of Madame de Cintre's desertion; they were mouthing and droning out their triumph.
Tom had two abettors, in the shape of a couple of old boys, Noah and Benjamin by name, who defended him from Charity, and expended much time upon his education.
At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness, and playing the part of dangerous abettor of world- wide ambitions.
Mrs Varden's chief aider and abettor, and at the same time her principal victim and object of wrath, was her single domestic servant, one Miss Miggs; or as she was called, in conformity with those prejudices of society which lop and top from poor hand- maidens all such genteel excrescences--Miggs.
"And you think that to save such villains as you I will become an abettor of their plot, an accomplice in their crimes?"
The cruelty of which he had been an unwilling witness, the coarse and ruffianly behaviour of Squeers even in his best moods, the filthy place, the sights and sounds about him, all contributed to this state of feeling; but when he recollected that, being there as an assistant, he actually seemed--no matter what unhappy train of circumstances had brought him to that pass--to be the aider and abettor of a system which filled him with honest disgust and indignation, he loathed himself, and felt, for the moment, as though the mere consciousness of his present situation must, through all time to come, prevent his raising his head again.
Methinks that thou and thine abettor soon Will rue your plot to drive the scapegoat out.
Instantly to turn upon me, charging that I have no sense of the enormity of the crime itself, but am its aider and abettor! So, another time--taking me as representing your opponent in other cases--you set up a platform credulity; a moved and seconded and carried-unanimously profession of faith in some ridiculous delusion or mischievous imposition.
'that it is apprehended you are going to fight a duel, and that the other man, Tupman, is your aider and abettor in it.