Definitions and samples

  • abase (v.) to humiliate, degrade


- I could also see that she had abased another recipient.

  • abate (v.) to reduce, lessen


- Once the storm abated it took us three days to dig our way back into the fields.

  • abdicate (v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership


- Victor Emmanuel had four living daughters when he abdicated the throne in 1821.

  • abduct (v.) to kidnap, take by force


- Somalis also abducted a British woman from a Kenyan coastal resort in September.

  • aberration (n.) something that differs from the norm


- It is possible that last week's jump in gasoline demand could be an aberration.