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1. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. He must either bate the laborer’s wages, or not employ or not pay him. (Locke)
2. To allow by way of abatement or deduction. To whom he bates nothing or what he stood upon with the parliament. (South)
3. To leave out; to except. Bate me the king, and, be he flesh and blood. He lies that says it. (Beau. & Fl)
4. To remove. About autumn bate the earth from about the roots of olives, and lay them bare. (Holland)
5. To deprive of. When baseness is exalted, do not bate The place its honor for the persons sake. (Herbert)
Origin: From abate.

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