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Abate

(Verb)

Meaning:To decrease; diminish; put an end to
Sounds Like:A bait
Imagine This:Worms are used as bait in fishing.After the bait is cast into the river, the bait usually decreases in size because some fish have nibbled on it. Frequently, the bait disappears in a short time. You need skill, patience, and luck.

Abolish

(Verb)

Meaning:To do away with; annul
Imagine This:A mother tries very hard to convince her stubborn daughter by saying, “Please do away with your foolish argument!�?
Other Forms:Abolishment (noun); Abolition (noun)

Abridge

(Verb)

Meaning:To shorten in duration
Looks Like:A bridge
Imagine This:A bridge is built so that transportation from one side to another is shortened in duration.
Remember This:A famous World War II movie “A Bridge Too Far? portrays Allied paratroopers who were to be dropped off near the bridge. They were instructed to capture and secure the retreating German forces. If they had succeeded, the war would have been shortened.
Other Forms:Abridgement (noun)

Abscond

(Noun)

Meaning:To depart secretly
Sounds Like:Ab’s_cone (ice cream cone)
Imagine This:Ab’s kitchen has many boxes of ice cream cones. Mysteriously, the cones disappear all the time. Ab says, “I just don’t know where my cones have gone; maybe they have legs? They just depart secretly. It is weird!?

Absolve

(Verb)

Meaning:To free from blame or penalty; to pardon
Sounds Like:Absorb
Imagine This:If you have the capacity to absorb other’s fault, you will pardon others for doing bad things to you.absorb other’s fault, you will pardon others for doing bad things to you.
A lawyer, called Ab, has a case in which his client is accused of murder. In order to get his client away from blame and penalty, Ab needs to solve the case by finding a credible witness.