[ 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.
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Origin of obliterate
SYNONYMS FOR obliterate
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
2. See cancel.
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British Dictionary definitions for obliterator
/ (əˈblɪtəˌreɪt) /
(tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
Derived Formsobliteration, 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 obliterator
[ ə-blĭt′ə-rāt′, ō-blĭt′- ]
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 formso•blit′er•a′tion n.
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