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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

Full Definition of obliterate

oblit·er·at·edoblit·er·at·ing

  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

oblit·er·a·tion play \-ˌbli-tə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
oblit·er·a·tor play \-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

Rhymes with obliterate

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Medical Dictionary

obliterate

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

Medical Definition of obliterate

oblit·er·at·edoblit·er·at·ing

  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>

  2. oblit·er·a·tion \-ˌblit-ə-ˈrā-shən\play noun





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