V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to help or encourage someone to do something, refers especially to helping someone do something illegal
Synonyms: assist, help, aid, incite, provoke
Antonyms: prevent, deter
Tips: Abet is often heard in the legal sense of "aiding and abetting" a crime and often has a negative implication. Although this is the most common use, abet is also used in a positive sense and is a more sophisticated way of saying "help."
John abetted Mary in her plan to cheat the customer. (assisted, helped)
The janitor was thrown in jail for abetting the bank robbers. (helping)
Our neighbors abetted us in organizing Mom's surprise party. (helped)
When my best friend was accused of playing the prank on our neighbors, my parents thought that I had abetted him. (assisted)
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