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abolish

[ uh-bol-ish ]
/ əˈbɒl ɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery.

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Origin of abolish

1425–75; late Middle English <Middle French aboliss-, long stem of abolir<Latin abolēre to destroy, efface, put an end to; change of conjugation perhaps by association with Latin abolitiōabolition
Abolish, eradicate, stamp out mean to do away completely with something. To abolish is to cause to cease, often by a summary order: to abolish a requirement. Stamp out implies forcibly making an end to something considered undesirable or harmful: to stamp out the opium traffic. Eradicate (literally, to tear out by the roots ), a formal word, suggests extirpation, leaving no vestige or trace: to eradicate all use of child labor.
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British Dictionary definitions for abolish

abolish
/ (əˈbɒlɪʃ) /

verb

(tr) to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to
abolishable, adjectiveabolisher, nounabolishment, noun
C15: from Old French aboliss- (lengthened stem of abolir), ultimately from Latin abolēre to destroy
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