annihilate

  • 1 Annihilate — An*ni hi*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annihilated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Annihilating}.] [L. annihilare; ad + nihilum, nihil, nothing, ne hilum (filum) not a thread, nothing at all. Cf. {File}, a row.] 1. To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 annihilate — [ə nī′ə lāt΄] vt. annihilated, annihilating [< LL(Ec) annihilatus, pp. of annihilare, to bring to nothing < L ad, to + nihil, nothing] 1. to destroy completely; put out of existence; demolish [an atomic bomb can annihilate a city] 2. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Annihilate — An*ni hi*late (an*n[imac] h[i^]*l[asl]t), a. Annihilated. [Archaic] Swift. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 annihilate — I verb abolish, annul, blast, cancel, consume, crush, cut down, decimate, demolish, destroy, devour, dismantle, dissolve, efface, eliminate, end, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, invalidate, kill, liquidate, massacre,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 annihilate — (v.) 1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning reduced to nothing (late 14c.), originally the pp. of a verb, anihil, from O.Fr. annichiler (14c.), from L.L. annihilare to reduce to nothing, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + nihil nothing (see… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 annihilate — extinguish, *abolish, abate Analogous words: obliterate, efface, expunge, blot out, cancel, *erase: extirpate, *exterminate, eradicate, wipe Contrasted words: create, *invent, discover: *make, form, fashion, forge, shape: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 annihilate — [v] destroy completely abate, abolish, abrogate, annul, blot out*, crush*, decimate, demolish, do in*, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, finish off, invalidate, liquidate, massacre, murder, negate, nullify, obliterate …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 annihilate — ► VERB 1) destroy completely. 2) informal defeat completely. DERIVATIVES annihilation noun annihilator noun. ORIGIN Latin annihilare reduce to nothing …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 annihilate — annihilative /euh nuy euh lay tiv, euh leuh /, annihilatory /euh nuy euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /euh nuy euh layt /, v.t., annihilated, annihilating. 1. to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost… …

    Universalium

  • 10 annihilate — [16] Annihilate comes from the past participle of the late Latin verb annihilāre, meaning literally ‘reduce to nothing’ (a formation based on the noun nihil ‘nothing’, source of English nihilism and nil). There was actually an earlier English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 annihilate — [[t]əna͟ɪɪleɪt[/t]] annihilates, annihilating, annihilated 1) VERB To annihilate something means to destroy it completely. [V n] There are lots of ways of annihilating the planet... [V n] The Army was annihilated. Derived words: annihilation… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 annihilate — UK [əˈnaɪəleɪt] / US [əˈnaɪəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms annihilate : present tense I/you/we/they annihilate he/she/it annihilates present participle annihilating past tense annihilated past participle annihilated 1) to destroy a group of… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 annihilate — /əˈnaɪəleɪt / (say uh nuyuhlayt) verb (t) (annihilated, annihilating) 1. to reduce to nothing; destroy utterly: the bombing annihilated the city. 2. to destroy the form or collective existence of: to annihilate an army. 3. to cancel the effect… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 annihilate — [16] Annihilate comes from the past participle of the late Latin verb annihilāre, meaning literally ‘reduce to nothing’ (a formation based on the noun nihil ‘nothing’, source of English nihilism and nil). There was actually an earlier English… …

    Word origins

  • 15 annihilate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. demolish, destroy; eliminate, exterminate. See destruction, nonexistence. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. destroy, demolish, exterminate, obliterate; see destroy 1 . See Synonym Study at destroy . III (Roget… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 annihilate — an|ni|hi|late [əˈnaıəleıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing , from Latin ad to + nihil nothing ] 1.) to destroy something or someone completely ▪ Just one of these bombs could… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 annihilate — verb (T) 1 to destroy something or someone completely: stock piles of weapons that could annihilate mankind 2 to defeat someone easily and completely in a game, competition, or election: Tyson annihilated his opponent in the first round.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 annihilate — an•ni•hi•late [[t]əˈnaɪ əˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence 2) to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army[/ex] 3) to defeat completely; vanquish: Our team was… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 annihilate — verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing, from Latin ad + nihil nothing more at nil Date: 1525 transitive verb 1. a. to cause to be of no effect …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 annihilate — verb /əˈnaɪə.leɪt/ To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate. Syn: destroy, eradicate, extinguish See Also: annihilation …

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