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annihilate

verb [T] uk   /əˈnaɪ.ə.leɪt/ us  
to destroy something completely so that nothing is left: a city annihilated by an atomic bomb informal to defeat completely: He was annihilated in the finals of the competition.
annihilation
noun [U] uk   /əˌnaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/ us  
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.
Translations of “annihilate”
in Spanish aniquilar…
in French anéantir…
in German vernichten…
in Chinese (Traditional) 徹底摧毀, 消滅, 毀滅…
in Russian уничтожать…
in Turkish bir şeyi tamamen yok etmek, imha etmek, birini kolayca yenmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 彻底摧毁, 消灭, 毁灭…
in Polish unicestwiać, rozgromić…
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