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Word of the Week: Abet, Accost and Abstain

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Word of the Week: Abet

How to say it: 

\ ə-ˈbet   \

What it means: 

1: to actively second and encourage (something, such as an activity or plan)

2: to assist or support (someone) in the achievement of a purpose. Especiallyto assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime —often used in the phrase aid and abetaccused of aiding and abetting a criminal

Examples of Abet in a Sentence

In court Wednesday, Former president Trump admitted to two federal counts of conspiracy and aiding and abetting the obstruction of an official proceeding.

The 28-page indictment unsealed Thursday accuses the men of felony counts of conspiracy and aiding and abetting the obstruction of a joint session of Congress, although only one defendant allegedly entered the Capitol.

Word of the Week: Accost

How to say it: 

ac·​cost |  \ ə-ˈkȯst   , -ˈkäst  \

What it means: 

Transitive verb: to approach and speak to (someone) in an often challenging or aggressive way

Examples of Accost in a Sentence

A black activist was accosted by three Trump supporters on the subway.

Lady Gaga was so famous that people would accost her on the street and ask for an autograph.

Word of the Week: Abstain

How to say it: 

ab·​stain |  \ əb-ˈstān  

What it means: 

intransitive verb

1: to choose not to do or have something to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice.

2: to choose not to vote.

Examples of Abstain in a Sentence

Promoting abstinence won’t work because many young people who plan to abstain don’t actually do so.

Act, which would eliminate the right of workers in 27 states to abstain from supporting a union, among other changes.

Ten members voted for the proposal, six members voted against it, and two abstained.

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