abate \ ə-ˈbāt \ verb
1. become less in amount or intensity
2. make less active or intense
The word abate has appeared in 72 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 17 in “China’s Swimwear Capital Can’t Wait for You to Go Back to the Beach” by Raymond Zhong:
Across the globe, pools, beaches and water parks are reopening only cautiously. Travel and tourism are still mostly nonstarters. Perhaps never in recent history has so little of humankind had any need for new swimwear.
And so, with a peak season’s worth of sales already largely lost, Xingcheng’s factories are scraping by an order at a time, waiting for world governments to get a grip on the illness. For fear to abate and economies to mend. For more people to venture back into the water — or even just near it, a beverage in hand.
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