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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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 The most recent of Queen Victoria's family's thrones to fall was Greece, whose final king, Constantine II, served until the monarchy was abolished in 1973. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, is planning to revive national service, which was abolished in 1997. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 He has also joined with other progressive leaders who want to abolish the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency after the family separations crisis. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Andrew Gillum wins Florida governor primary in upset victory for the left," 29 Aug. 2018 This isn’t about the looming VPN ban, or President Xi Jinping’s bid to abolish term limits and cement his power. Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg.com, "Chinese Censorship Makes a Move Into Tech Realm," 6 Mar. 2018 In late February, China’s Communist Party announced a proposal to abolish term limits for its highest office. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "President for Life? Xi Jinping May Now Be China's New Emperor," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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