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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bol-ish]
    • /əˈbɒl ɪʃ/
    • /əˈbɒl.ɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bol-ish]
    • /əˈbɒl ɪʃ/

Definitions of abolish word

  • verb abolish If someone in authority abolishes a system or practice, they formally put an end to it. 3
  • verb abolish to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to 3
  • verb transitive abolish to do away with completely; put an end to; esp., to make (a law, etc.) null and void 3
  • verb with object abolish to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery. 1
  • noun abolish Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution). 1
  • transitive verb abolish eradicate, end 1

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Origin of abolish

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French aboliss-, long stem of abolir < Latin abolēre to destroy, efface, put an end to; change of conjugation perhaps by association with Latin abolitiō abolition

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Parts of speech for Abolish


abolish popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abolish

verb abolish

  • prohibit — to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
  • overturn — to destroy the power of; overthrow; defeat; vanquish.
  • revoke — to take back or withdraw; annul, cancel, or reverse; rescind or repeal: to revoke a decree.
  • wipe out — an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
  • suppress — to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.

Antonyms for abolish

verb abolish

  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  • validate — to make valid; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions.
  • institute — to set up; establish; organize: to institute a government.
  • sanction — authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.

noun abolish

  • launch — to set (a boat or ship) in the water.

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