obliterate

[ uh-blit-uh-reyt ]
/ əˈblɪt əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ob·lit·er·at·ed, ob·lit·er·at·ing.

to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.

Origin of obliterate

1590–1600; < Latin oblitterātus (past participle of oblitterāre, efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to ob- ob- + litter(a) letter1 + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

ob·lit·er·a·ble [uh-blit-er-uh-buhl] /əˈblɪt ər ə bəl/, adjectiveo·blit·er·a·tor, nounhalf-ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjective

Synonym study

2. See cancel.
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British Dictionary definitions for obliterate

obliterate

/ (əˈblɪtəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely

Derived Forms

obliteration, nounobliterative, adjectiveobliterator, noun

Word Origin for obliterate

C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter
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Medicine definitions for obliterate

obliterate

[ ə-blĭtə-rāt′, ō-blĭt- ]

v.

To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.

Related forms

o•blit′er•ation n.
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