Definition of annihilate
- Bombs annihilated the city.
- The enemy troops were annihilated.
- annihilated the visitors 56–0
- a right to freedom that cannot be annihilated
- Fear can annihilate one's confidence.
- matter and antimatter annihilate each other
The enemy troops were annihilated.
He annihilated his opponent in the last election.
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beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against);
: to destroy (something or someone) completely
: to defeat (someone) completely
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