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Definition of abet:

  1. Act of abetting; aid.
  2. To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.
  3. To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; - used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill- doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection.
  4. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; - in a good sense.

Synonyms:

countenance, boost, instigate, befriend, promote, sanction, give a leg up, forward, approve, inspire, advocate, embolden, incite.

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