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annihilate

[ uh-nahy-uh-leyt ]
/ 蓹藞na瑟 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), an路ni路hi路lat路ed, an路ni路hi路lat路ing.
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army.
to annul; make void: to annihilate a law.
to cancel the effect of; nullify.
to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.
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Origin of annihilate

1350鈥1400; Middle English adnichilat(e) destroyed <Late Latin annihil膩tus brought to nothing, annihilated (past participle of annihil膩re) (Latin an-an-2 + nihil nothing + -膩tus-ate1)

OTHER WORDS FROM annihilate

an路ni路hi路la路tive [uh-nahy-uh-ley-tiv, 鈥uh-luh鈥怾, /蓹藞na瑟 蓹藢le瑟 t瑟v, 鈥惿 l蓹鈥/, an路ni路hi路la路to路ry [uh-nahy-uh-luh-tawr-ee, 鈥恡ohr-ee], /蓹藞na瑟 蓹 l蓹藢t蓴r i, 鈥愃宼o蕣r i/, adjectiveun路an路ni路hi路lat路ed, adjectiveun路an路ni路hi路la路tive, adjectiveun路an路ni路hi路la路to路ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for annihilate

annihilate
/ (蓹藞na瑟蓹藢le瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to destroy completely; extinguish
(tr) informal to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
(intr) physics to undergo annihilation

Derived forms of annihilate

annihilable (蓹藞na瑟蓹l蓹bl), adjectiveannihilative, adjectiveannihilator, noun

Word Origin for annihilate

C16: from Late Latin annihil膩re to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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