annihilate

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verb an·ni·hi·late \ə-ˈnī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of annihilate

annihilated

;

annihilating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to cease to exist :  to do away with entirely so that nothing remainsb :  to destroy a considerable part of Bombs annihilated the city. The enemy troops were annihilated.c :  to defeat overwhelmingly :  rout annihilated the visitors 56–0

  3. 2a :  to cause to be of no effect :  nullify a right to freedom that cannot be annihilatedb :  to destroy the substance or force of Fear can annihilate one's confidence.

  4. 3 :  to regard as of no consequence

  5. 4 :  to cause (something, such as a particle and its antiparticle) to vanish or cease to exist by coming together and changing into other forms of energy (such as photons) matter and antimatter annihilate each other

  6. intransitive verb
  7. of a particle and its antiparticle :  to vanish or cease to exist by coming together and changing into other forms of energy (such as photons)

annihilation

play \-ˌnī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

annihilator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

annihilatory

play \-ˈnī-ə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of annihilate

Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing, from Latin ad- + nihil nothing — more at nil


First Known Use: 1525


ANNIHILATE Defined for Kids

annihilate

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verb an·ni·hi·late \ə-ˈnī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of annihilate for Students

annihilated

;

annihilating

  1. :  to destroy completely

annihilation

\-ˌnī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ noun


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