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 annihilated in the playoffs[/ex]
4) to annul; make void
5) to cancel the effect of; nullify
6) phs to convert rest mass into energy in the form of one or more photons:
A particleannihilates its antiparticle[/ex]
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME adnichilat(e) destroyed < LL annihilātus, ptp. of annihilāre to destroy = L an- II+-nihilāre, v. der. of nihil nothing an•ni′hi•la`tive -əˌleɪ tɪv, -ə lə- an•ni′hi•la•to`ry -ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i adj. an•ni`hi•la′tion, n. an•ni′hi•la`tor, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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