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abolish

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verb abol·ish \ə-ˈbä-lish\

Simple Definition of abolish

  • : to officially end or stop (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something)

Full Definition of abolish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to end the observance or effect of :  annul <abolish a law> <abolish slavery>

  3. 2 :  destroy

abol·ish·ableplay \-li-shə-bəl\ adjective
abol·ish·er noun
abol·ish·mentplay \-mənt\ noun

Examples of abolish

  1. He is in favor of abolishing the death penalty.

  2. <the U.S. abolished slavery by constitutional amendment on December 6, 1865>



Origin of abolish

Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French aboliss-, stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre; probably akin to adolescere to grow up — more at adult


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with abolish



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