annihilate

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin annihilō (I reduce to nothing), from ad (to) + nihil (nothing).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈnaɪə.leɪt/
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VerbEdit

annihilate (third-person singular simple present annihilates, present participle annihilating, simple past and past participle annihilated)

  1. To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
    An atom bomb can annihilate a whole city.
  2. (particle physics) To react with antimatter, producing gamma radiation and (for higher-mass reactants, especially composite particles such as protons) lighter particles (such as pions, muons, and neutrinos).
  3. (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.
  4. (transitive) To render null and void; to abrogate.

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annihilāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of annihilō