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annihilate

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verb an·ni·hi·late \ə-ˈnī-ə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of annihilate

  • : to destroy (something or someone) completely

  • : to defeat (someone) completely

Full Definition of annihilate

an·ni·hi·lat·edan·ni·hi·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to be of no effect :  nullify b :  to destroy the substance or force of

  3. 2 :  to regard as of no consequence

  4. 3 :  to cause to cease to exist; especially :  kill

  5. 4 a :  to destroy a considerable part of <bombs annihilated the city> b :  to vanquish completely :  rout <annihilated the visitors 56–0>

  6. 5 :  to cause (a particle and its antiparticle) to vanish by annihilating

  7. intransitive verb
  8. of a particle and its antiparticle :  to vanish or cease to exist by coming together and changing into other forms of energy (as photons)

an·ni·hi·la·tionplay \-ˌnī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
an·ni·hi·la·tor play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
an·ni·hi·la·to·ry play \-ˈnī-ə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of annihilate

  1. The enemy troops were annihilated.

  2. He annihilated his opponent in the last election.



Origin of annihilate

Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing, from Latin ad- + nihil nothing — more at nil


First Known Use: 1525

Rhymes with annihilate

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