• IPA: /əˈbɛt/

abet (abets, present participle abetting; past and past participle abetted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To urge on, stimulate (a person to do) something desirable. [from end of 14th century to early 17th century]
  2. (transitive) To incite; to assist or encourage by aid or countenance in crime. [from c. 1350-1470]
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, "Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' Founder, Dead at 91 ↗," Rolling Stone
      By the early Seventies, Playboy was selling seven million copies a month and Hefner's globe-trotting lifestyle was abetted by his private jet, the Big Bunny, that contained a circular bed, an inside disco and a wet bar.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To support, countenance, maintain, uphold, or aid (any good cause, opinion, or action); to maintain. [from late 16th century]
  4. (obsolete) To back up one's forecast of a doubtful issue, by staking money, etc., to bet.
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abet (plural abets)

  1. (obsolete) Fraud or cunning. [mid-12th century to mid-14th century]
  2. (obsolete) An act of abetting; of helping; of giving aid. [from c. 1350-1470]

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