Meaning of “abolish” in the English Dictionary

"abolish" in British English

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abolishverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbɒl.ɪʃ/ us /əˈbɑː.lɪʃ/

B2 to end an activity or custom officially:

I think bullfighting should be abolished.
National Service was abolished in the UK in 1962.

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  • The government ought to abolish the tax altogether.
  • The government is planning to abolish subsidies to farmers.
  • Is monarchy relevant in the modern world or should it be abolished?
  • In Britain, national service was abolished in 1962.
  • Gradually the laws that underpinned apartheid were abolished.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən/

the abolition of slavery

(Definition of “abolish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abolish" in American English

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abolishverb [ T ]

us /əˈbɑl·ɪʃ/

to put an end to something, such as an organization, rule, or custom:

Massachusetts voters abolished rent control.

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"abolish" in Business English

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abolishverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbɒlɪʃ/ us

LAW, GOVERNMENT to end an activity, custom, etc. completely or by law or official action:

Educationalists have called on the government to abolish tax on computers.
The government has pledged to abolish child poverty by 2020.

(Definition of “abolish” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)