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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That’s how, Patton said, those 18 churches have been able to abolish $34.4 million of debt since the start of 2018. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Churches take lead in helping poor with medical debt," 9 June 2019 The play concludes with her facing off against a real-life competitive teenage debater about whether to abolish the Constitution, their positions determined by a coin toss. Naureen Khan, The Atlantic, "The Tony-Nominated Play That Savages the U.S. Constitution," 8 June 2019 Yet for Delsol, the quest to abolish the unknown did not abolish man’s need for the unknown. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 But Nixon, who made marijuana legalization, Medicare for All, and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement part of her platform, pushed Cuomo even further to the left. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon May Have Lost to Andrew Cuomo in New York's Primary, But the Push Left Lives On," 14 Sep. 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old who upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in Tuesday’s primary, gained a lot of attention for her call to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Immigration reform seems impossible now ... and forever?," 1 July 2018 In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to abolish wage disparity based on gender. Emily Farra, Vogue, "21 Reasons to Wear Red for Equal Pay Day," 2 Apr. 2019 One of Reagan’s major campaign issues was the now-familiar conservative cry to abolish the Department of Education. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 The chancellor of New York City schools testified for more than two hours at a City Council hearing Wednesday, staunchly defending the view that the admissions test for eight elite high schools must be abolished. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Chancellor Affirms Push to End Elite-Schools Test," 1 May 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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