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assassinate (kill)

Definition:

to murder, especially of socially prominent persons

Class:

social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Past tense:

assassinated

Present participle:

assassinating

3rd-person singular present:

assassinates

Type of:

kill

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people didn't like his peace politics with Israel

Etymology:

past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare. Of reputations, characters,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of assassinate...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Assassination | assassin

the murder of a prominent person or political figure by a surprise attack, usually for payment or political reasons. A person who commits such an act is called an assassin. An assassination may be prompted by religious, ideological, political, or... (40 of 6479 words, pronunciations, 14 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

assassinate | assassination [noun, derived]

to murder (a person, especially a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack | to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander (25 of 461 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | murder [synonym, sense-specific] | bump off [synonym, sense-specific] | croak [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | dispatch [synonym, sense-specific] | do in [synonym, sense-specific] | execute [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to injure or destroy unexpectedly and treacherously | to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons (22 of 144 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinates [sense-specific, related] | assassinating [sense-specific, related] | assassinated [sense-specific, related]

murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons Spelling rule Drop the final silent-e when adding endings that begin with a vowel (23 of 103 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/assassinate

Wiktionary:

assassinate | assassinates [plural] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle]

To murder someone, especially an important person, by a sudden or obscure attack, especially for ideological or political reasons. | [figurative] To harm, ruin, or defame severely or destroy by treachery, slander, libel, or obscure attack. | [obsolete]... (36 of 69 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/assassinate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

assassinate [transitive] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present]

to kill a famous or important person, especially for political reasons or for payment (14 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassination [noun, related]

to murder (especially a politically important or prominent person) by surprise attack, usually for payment or from zealous belief | to harm or ruin ... (23 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/assassinate

Random House Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle]

to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously. | to destroy or harm ... (18 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/assassinate

American Heritage Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present] | assassination [noun, related] | assassinative [adjective, related] | assassinator [noun, related]

To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons. | To destroy or injure treacherously (17 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/assassinate

Cambridge Dictionary:

assassinate

to kill someone famous or important (6 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/assassinate

Encarta Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present] | assassinator [noun, derived]

to kill somebody, especially a political leader or other public figure, by a sudden violent attack | to harm or destroy something such as somebody's ... (24 of 64 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587230​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

assassinate

First use: 1610s

Origin: past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare. Of reputations, characters, and so on..., from 1620s.

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

Oxford Dictionary:

assassinate

First use: early 17th century

Origin: medieval Latin assassinat- "killed", from the verb assassinare, from assassinus (see "assassin")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/assassinate

Wiktionary:

assassinate | assassinates [plural] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle]

Origin: assassin + -ate, after Middle French assassiner.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/assassinate

Audio references

Wiktionary:

assassinate | assassinates [plural] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "assassinate"

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Collins Dictionary:

assassinate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "assassinate"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

assassinate [transitive] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "assassinate"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

assassinate [transitive] | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "assassinate"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

assassinate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "assassinate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "assassinate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/assassinate

the Free Dictionary:

assassinate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "assassinate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "assassinate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "assassinate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/assassinate

Google Dictionary:

assassinate | assassinated [past tense] | assassinating [present participle] | assassinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "assassinate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

assassinate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "assassinate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

assassinate

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

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freedictionary.org:

assassinate

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

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