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"annihilate" in British English

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annihilateverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈnaɪ.ə.leɪt/
annihilation
noun [U] uk   us   /əˌnaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/
During the Cold War the ​threat of ​nuclear annihilation was always on people's ​minds.informal The ​opposition party's ​candidatesuffered annihilation (= ​completedefeat) at the ​polls.
(Definition of annihilate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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annihilateverb [T]

 us   /əˈnɑɪ·əˌleɪt/
to ​destroycompletely, ​leaving nothing: The ​approachingtornado was annihilating everything in ​itspath.
annihilation
noun [U]  us   /əˌnɑɪ·əˈleɪ·ʃən/
The annihilation of ​smallpox is a ​triumph of ​medicine.
(Definition of annihilate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “annihilate”
in Spanish aniquilar…
in Vietnamese huỷ diệt…
in Malaysian menghapuskan…
in Thai ทำลายล้าง…
in French anéantir…
in German vernichten…
in Chinese (Simplified) 彻底摧毁, 消灭, 毁灭…
in Turkish bir şeyi tamamen yok etmek, imha etmek, birini kolayca yenmek…
in Russian уничтожать…
in Indonesian membinasakan, menghancurkan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 徹底摧毀, 消滅, 毀滅…
in Polish unicestwiać, rozgromić…
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