verb \ə-ˈbet\

: to help, encourage, or support someone in a criminal act


Full Definition of ABET

transitive verb
:  to actively second and encourage (as an activity or plan)
:  to assist or support in the achievement of a purpose
abet·ment \-mənt\ noun
abet·tor also abet·ter \ə-ˈbe-tər\ noun

Origin of ABET

Middle English abetten, from Anglo-French abeter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + beter to bait, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English ̄tan to bait
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ABET

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating <inciting a riot>. instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention <instigated a conspiracy>. abet implies both assisting and encouraging <aiding and abetting the enemy>. foment implies persistence in goading <fomenting rebellion>.


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