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pulverize

[ puhl-vuh-rahyz ]
/ 藞p蕦l v蓹藢ra瑟z /
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verb (used with object), pul路ver路ized, pul路ver路iz路ing.
to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding.
to demolish or crush completely.
Slang. to defeat, hurt badly, or, figuratively, render helpless: The Kid pulverized Jackson with a series of brutal lefts. He's a veteran nightclub comic who can pulverize any audience in seconds.
verb (used without object), pul路ver路ized, pul路ver路iz路ing.
to become reduced to dust.
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Origin of pulverize

1575鈥85; <Late Latin pulveriz膩re to reduce to powder, equivalent to Latin pulver- (stem of pulvis; akin to pollen) dust + -iz膩re-ize

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British Dictionary definitions for pulverize

pulverize

pulverise

/ (藞p蕦lv蓹藢ra瑟z) /

verb
to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
(tr) to destroy completely; defeat or injure seriously

Derived forms of pulverize

pulverizable or pulverisable, adjectivepulverization or pulverisation, nounpulverizer or pulveriser, noun

Word Origin for pulverize

C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulv茅riser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust
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