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obliterate

obliterate

verb oblit·er·ate \ə-ˈbli-tə-ˌrāt, ō-\

: to destroy (something) completely so that nothing is left

oblit·er·at·edoblit·er·at·ing

Full Definition of OBLITERATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to remove utterly from recognition or memory
b :  to remove from existence :  destroy utterly all trace, indication, or significance of
c :  to cause to disappear (as a bodily part or a scar) or collapse (as a duct conveying body fluid) :  remove 4 <a blood vessel obliterated by inflammation>
2
:  to make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or wearing away
3
:  cancel 4
oblit·er·a·tion \-ˌbli-tə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
oblit·er·a·tor \-ˈbli-tə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of OBLITERATE

  1. <in a stroke, the March snowstorm obliterated our hopes for an early spring>

Origin of OBLITERATE

Latin oblitteratus, past participle of oblitterare, from ob- ob- + littera letter
First Known Use: 1600

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obliterate

transitive verb oblit·er·ate \ə-ˈblit-ə-ˌrāt, ō-\   (Medical Dictionary)
oblit·er·at·edoblit·er·at·ing

Medical Definition of OBLITERATE

:  to cause to disappear (as a bodily part or a scar) or collapse (as a duct conveying body fluid) <a blood vessel obliterated by inflammation>
oblit·er·a·tion \-ˌblit-ə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

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