Definition and Meanings for abet

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Part of Speech of abet

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

Etymology of abet

of. abeter; a (l. ad) + beter to bait (as a bear), fr. icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally, to cause to bite, fr. icel. b to bite, hence to bait, to incite. see bait, bet of. abet, fr. abeter

Meaning of abet


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection.
  • to support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good sense.
  • to contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.

as noun

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