AskDefine | Define abut

Dictionary Definition

abut v : lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, edge, march, butt, butt against, butt on] [also: abutting, abutted]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French abouter, aboter; compare French aboutir, and also abuter; a (Latin ad) + Old French boter, buter, to push: compare French bout end, and but end, purpose.


  • RP:
    • /əˈbʌt/


  1. To touch by means of a mutual border, edge or end; to border on; to lie adjacent; to project; to terminate; to be contiguous; to meet.
    In a time when Germany still abutted upon Russia.
    His land abuts on the road.
  2. To abut on.



to border on




From Proto-North Sarawak *Rabut, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *Rabut.


  1. to pluck

Extensive Definition

In property law, when two parcels abut it means they are adjacent to each other and up against each others' borders. This often leads to disputes among neighbors.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abut on, adjoin, appose, be based on, be contiguous, be in contact, bear on, bestraddle, bestride, border, border on, bring near, butt, communicate, conjoin, connect, join, juxtapose, juxtaposit, lean on, lie by, lie on, line, march, neighbor, perch, put with, rely on, repose on, rest on, ride, sit on, stand by, stand on, straddle, stride, touch, verge, verge upon
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