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obliterate

[ uh-blit-uh-reyt ]
/ 蓹藞bl瑟t 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ob路lit路er路at路ed, ob路lit路er路at路ing.
to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.
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Origin of obliterate

1590鈥1600; <Latin oblitter膩tus (past participle of oblitter膩re, efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to ob-ob- + litter(a) letter1 + -膩tus-ate1

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2. See cancel.

OTHER WORDS FROM obliterate

ob路lit路er路a路ble [uh-blit-er-uh-buhl], /蓹藞bl瑟t 蓹r 蓹 b蓹l/, adjectiveo路blit路er路a路tor, nounhalf-ob路lit路er路at路ed, adjectiveun路ob路lit路er路at路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obliterate

obliterate
/ (蓹藞bl瑟t蓹藢re瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of obliterate

obliteration, nounobliterative, adjectiveobliterator, noun

Word Origin for obliterate

C16: from Latin oblitter膩re to erase, from ob- out + littera letter
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

Medical definitions for obliterate

obliterate
[ 蓹-bl沫t蓹-r膩t鈥, 艒-bl沫t- ]

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.

Other words from obliterate

o鈥lit鈥瞖r鈥tion n.
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