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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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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.
  3. (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.
  4. (transitive) To render null and void; to abrogate.

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