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[uh-buht] /əˈbʌt/
verb (used without object), abutted, abutting.
to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against):
This piece of land abuts on a street.
verb (used with object), abutted, abutting.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
to support by an abutment.
Origin of abut
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2
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unabutting, adjective Unabridged
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verb abuts, abutting, abutted
usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
Word Origin
C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress
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Word Origin and History for abut

mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

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