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annihilate

Definition:

to kill in large numbers

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

annihilated

Present participle:

annihilating

3rd-person singular present:

annihilates

Type of:

kill

Similar to:

decimate

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Annihilation

defined as "total destruction" or "complete obliteration" of an object; having its root in the Latin nihil. A literal translation is "to make into nothing". In physics, the word is used to denote the process that occurs when a subatomic particle... (41 of 1346 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Annihilation

Collins Dictionary:

annihilate | extinguish [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] to destroy completely; extinguish | [transitive, informal] to defeat totally, as in debate or argument | [intransitive, physics] to ... (18 of 512 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/annihilate

Merriam-Webster:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | rout [synonym, sense-specific] | nullify [synonym, sense-specific] | especially [synonym, sense-specific] | abolish [synonym, sense-specific] | black out [synonym, sense-specific] | blot out [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to cause to be of no effect; "nullify" ; to destroy the substance or force of | to regard as of no consequence | to cause to cease to exist ; ... (29 of 290 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/annihilate

Oxford Dictionary:

annihilate | obliterate [synonym, sense-specific] | annihilator [derived]

destroy utterly; obliterate | defeat utterly | [physics] : convert (a subatomic particle) into radiant energy (14 of 150 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/annihilate

American Heritage Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present] | annihilability [noun, related] | annihilable [adjective, related] | annihilator [noun, related]

To destroy completely | To reduce to nonexistence. | To defeat decisively; vanquish. | To nullify or render void; abolish. | [physics] To participate ... (20 of 71 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/annihilate

Random House Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle]

to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly. | to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out. | to annul; make void. | to ... (25 of 68 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/annihilate

New World Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilation [noun, related] | annihilative [adjective, related] | annihilator [noun, related]

to destroy completely; put out of existence; demolish | to consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify | to kill | to conquer ... (25 of 66 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/annihilate

Cambridge Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilation [noun, derived]

to destroy completely so that nothing is left | [informal] to defeat completely (12 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/annihilate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

annihilate [transitive] | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present] | annihilation [noun, uncountable, related]

to destroy a group of people or things completely | to defeat an opponent completely and easily (16 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/annihilate

Wiktionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present] | benothing [synonym, sense-specific] | destroy [synonym, sense-specific] | eradicate [synonym, sense-specific] | extinguish [synonym, sense-specific]

To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate. | [archaic] To treat as worthless, to vilify. (15 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/annihilate

Britannica Encyclopedia:

annihilation [physics]

in physics, reaction in which a particle and its antiparticle collide and disappear, releasing energy. The most common annihilation on Earth occurs ... (22 of 259 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/26347​/annihilation

Columbia Encyclopedia:

extinction

in biology, disappearance of species of living organisms. Extinction occurs as a result of changed conditions to which the species is not suited. If ... (24 of 166 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0818050​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

to destroy something completely, especially so that it ceases to exist | to defeat somebody easily and decisively (slang) | to be mutually destroyed ... (22 of 114 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585739​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

annihilate

First use: 1520s

Origin: an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14th century), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French ... (22 of 39 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=annihilate

Oxford Dictionary:

annihilate

Origin: late Middle English (originally as an adjective meaning "destroyed, annulled"): from late Latin annihilatus "reduced to nothing", from the verb ... (20 of 36 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/annihilate

New World Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle]

Origin: ecclesiastical Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare, to bring to nothing from Latin ad, to + nihil, nothing

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/annihilate

Merriam-Webster:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle]

First use: 1525

Origin: Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing, from Latin ad- + nihil nothing

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/annihilate

American Heritage Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Late Latin annihilāre, annihilāt-: Latin ad-, ad- + Latin nihil, nothing; see ne in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/annihilate

Collins Dictionary:

annihilate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/annihilate

Wiktionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin annihilō ("I reduce to nothing"), from ad ("to") + nihil ("nothing").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/annihilate

Encarta Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: late Latin annihilat-, past participle of annihilare "reduce to nothing" from Latin nihil "nothing"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585739​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "annihilate"

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Collins Dictionary:

annihilate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "annihilate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "annihilate"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/annihilate

Cambridge Dictionary:

annihilate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "annihilate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "annihilate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/annihilate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

annihilate [transitive] | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "annihilate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/annihilate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

annihilate [transitive] | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "annihilate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/annihilate

the Free Dictionary:

annihilate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "annihilate"

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Google Dictionary:

annihilate | annihilated [past tense] | annihilating [present participle] | annihilates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "annihilate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

annihilate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "annihilate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

annihilate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "annihilate" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

annihilate

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