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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-nahy-uh-leyt]
    • /əˈnaɪ əˌleɪt/
    • /əˈnaɪ.ə.leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-nahy-uh-leyt]
    • /əˈnaɪ əˌleɪt/

Definitions of annihilate word

  • verb annihilate To annihilate something means to destroy it completely. 3
  • verb annihilate If you annihilate someone in a contest or argument, you totally defeat them. 3
  • verb annihilate to destroy completely; extinguish 3
  • verb annihilate to defeat totally, as in debate or argument 3
  • verb annihilate to undergo annihilation 3
  • verb transitive annihilate to destroy completely; put out of existence; demolish 3

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Origin of annihilate

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English adnichilat(e) destroyed < Late Latin annihilātus brought to nothing, annihilated (past participle of annihilāre) (Latin an- an-2 + nihil nothing + -ātus -ate1)

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Parts of speech for Annihilate


annihilate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% 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 annihilate

verb annihilate

  • wipe out — an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
  • liquidate — to settle or pay (a debt): to liquidate a claim.
  • obliterate — to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
  • decimate — To decimate something such as a group of people or animals means to destroy a very large number of them.
  • demolish — To demolish something such as a building means to destroy it completely.

Antonyms for annihilate

verb annihilate

  • create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  • construct — to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.

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