AskDefine | Define abet

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abet v : assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing [also: abetting, abetted]

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abeter; a- ( ad-) + beter, from beīta, hence to bait, to incite, compare Icelandic beita. from *baitjan, from base *bheid- to split See also bait, bet.



  1. To assist or encourage by aid or countenance, especially in crime.
    He plans to abet an ill-doer.
    He plans to abet in his wicked courses.
    He plans to abet vice.
    He plans to abet an insurrection.
    The robber’s friend will abet by providing the escape car.
    • South: The whole tribe abets the villany.
    • Gay: Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth?
  2. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.
    • Jer. Taylor: Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.


to assist or encourage in crime
  • Finnish: yllyttää, avustaa
  • German: ermutigen, aufhetzen, anstiften
  • Portuguese: incitar, instigar
  • Vietnamese: xúi bẩy, xúi giục, khích
to support, uphold, or aid
  • Finnish: tukea, ylläpitää
  • German: stützen, helfen
  • Portuguese: assistir, ajudar
  • Vietnamese: tiếp tay


  1. Act of abetting; aid.



Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advance, advocate, aid, aid and abet, approve of, ask for, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, befriend, benefit, comfort, condone, countenance, do for, do good, doctor, ease, egg, egg on, embolden, encourage, endorse, exhort, favor, feed, foment, foster, further, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give encouragement, give help, go for, goad, hearten, help, help out, incite, instigate, invite, keep in countenance, lend a hand, lend one aid, nourish, nurture, prod, proffer aid, promote, protect, provoke, raise, rally, reclaim, redeem, relieve, remedy, render assistance, rescue, restore, resuscitate, revive, sanction, save, second, set, set on, set up, shine upon, smile upon, spur, stead, stir up, subscribe, succor, support, take in tow, uphold, urge, whip up
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