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[uh-blit-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), ob·lit·er·at·ed, ob·lit·er·at·ing.
  1. to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
  2. to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.
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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 formsob·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

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2. expunge.

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2. See cancel.
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Related Words for obliterate

annihilate, expunge, exterminate, ravage, erase, eliminate, smash, obscure, eradicate, scratch, kill, extirpate, cancel, ax, total, zap, cut, waste, efface, finish

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British Dictionary definitions for obliterate

obliterate

verb
  1. (tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
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Derived Formsobliteration, nounobliterative, adjectiveobliterator, noun

Word Origin for obliterate

C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter
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Word Origin and History for obliterate

v.

c.1600, from Latin obliteratus, past participle of obliterare "cause to disappear, blot out, erase, efface," figuratively "cause to be forgotten," from ob "against" (see ob-) + littera (also litera) "letter, script" (see letter (n.)); abstracted from phrase literas scribere "write across letters, strike out letters." Related: Obliterated; obliterating.

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obliterate in Medicine

obliterate

(ə-blĭtə-rāt′, ō-blĭt-)
v.
  1. To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
  2. To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.
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Related formso•blit′er•ation n.
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