abolish

verb
abol·​ish | \ ə-ˈbä-lish How to pronounce abolish (audio) \
abolished; abolishing; abolishes

Definition of abolish

transitive verb

: to end the observance or effect of (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something) : annul abolish a law abolish slavery

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Other Words from abolish

abolishable \ -​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce abolishable (audio) \ adjective
abolisher noun
abolishment \ -​mənt How to pronounce abolishment (audio) \ noun

Examples of abolish in a Sentence

He is in favor of abolishing the death penalty. the U.S. abolished slavery by constitutional amendment on December 6, 1865

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Of the group, only Booker hasn't called for ICE to be abolished, replaced or rebuilt. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'," 2 Oct. 2018 That’s really contradictory — that something would be abolished and there would be an exception to that. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 Members of Occupy ICE Louisville have been camped out near the government agency's office for nearly a week, calling for it to be abolished and protesting in opposition of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration. The Courier-Journal, "Beshear and ICE protests: What you missed in Louisville this weekend," 9 July 2018 After failing in 2016, Colorado activists mounted a new campaign to remove the slavery language With the amendment on the ballot for a second time in 2018, advocates argued that the state had a second chance to officially abolish prison slavery. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Colorado passes Amendment A, voting to officially abolish prison slavery," 7 Nov. 2018 While the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865 sought to abolish legal slavery, the racist architecture and legacy of slavery could not be wiped clean. Kim Reynolds, Teen Vogue, "How White People Have Reacted to Black Success Over Time in the United States," 30 July 2018 Bell had no intention of abolishing the department. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Before their arrests, all had become well-known for lobbying the government to allow women to drive and abolish a system of male guardianship over women. ... Rory Jones, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Charges Women’s Activists in Widely Scrutinized Case," 13 Mar. 2019 Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs, a $15 minimum hourly wage and abolishing — or at least reconstituting — the federal agency that enforces immigration laws. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of abolish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abolish

Middle English abolysshen, borrowed from Middle French aboliss-, stem of abolir "to abolish," borrowed from Latin abolēre "to destroy, efface, put an end to," perhaps formed from abolēscere "to shrivel up, be effaced, fall into disuse," from ab- ab- + -ol-, medial form of the base of alere "to nourish, bring up" + -ēsc-, inchoative suffix — more at old entry 1

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abolish

verb
abol·​ish | \ ə-ˈbä-lish How to pronounce abolish (audio) \
abolished; abolishing

Kids Definition of abolish

: to do away with : put an end to abolish discrimination

abolish

transitive verb
abol·​ish

Legal Definition of abolish

: to end the observance or effect of : annul

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