Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “abolish”


verb [T]     /əˈbɒl.ɪʃ/ US  /-ˈbɑː.lɪʃ/
B2 to end an activity or custom officially: I think bullfighting should be abolished. National Service was abolished in the UK in 1962.Legislation and law-makingForbidding and banning things abolition     /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən/ noun [U] the abolition of slaveryForbidding and banning things
(Definition of abolish verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of abolish

Definitions of “abolish” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More