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obliterate

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

Simple Definition of obliterate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obliterate

obliterated

obliterating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or wearing away

  4. 3 :  cancel 4

obliteration

play \-ˌbli-tə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

obliterator

play \-ˈbli-tə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of obliterate in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Far from being removed from existence, "obliterate" is thriving in our language today with various senses that it has acquired over the years. True to its Latin source, oblitteratus, it began in the mid-16th century as a word for removing something from memory. Soon after, English speakers began to use it for the specific act of blotting out or obscuring anything written. Eventually (by the late 18th century), its meaning was generalized to removing anything from existence. In the meantime, another sense had developed. In the late 17th century, physicians began using "obliterate" for the surgical act of filling or closing up a vessel, cavity, or passage with tissue. Its final stamp on the English lexicon was delivered in the mid-19th century: "to cancel a postage or revenue stamp."

Origin and Etymology of obliterate

Latin oblitteratus, past participle of oblitterare, from ob- ob- + littera letter


First Known Use: 1600

Rhymes with obliterate

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OBLITERATE Defined for Kids

obliterate

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verb oblit·er·ate \ə-ˈbli-tə-ˌrāt\

Definition of obliterate for Students

obliterated

obliterating

  1. :  to remove, destroy, or hide completely




Medical Dictionary

obliterate

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transitive verb oblit·er·ate \ə-ˈblit-ə-ˌrāt, ō-\

Medical Definition of obliterate

obliterated

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obliterating

  1. :  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>

obliteration

\-ˌblit-ə-ˈrā-shən\play noun




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