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English definition of “annihilate”

annihilate

verb [T]     /əˈnaɪ.ə.leɪt/
to destroy something completely so that nothing is left : a city annihilated by an atomic bomb Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling informal to defeat completely : He was annihilated in the finals of the competition .Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport annihilation     /əˌnaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] During the Cold War the threat of nuclear annihilation was always on people's minds .informal The opposition party's candidate suffered annihilation (= complete defeat ) at the polls .Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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