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obliterate

ob·lit·er·ate

obliterate

 
 
pronunciation:
blI t reIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: obliterated, obliterates, obliterating
definition 1: to erase or make unrecognizable by erasing.
Time obliterated the statue's features.
synonyms:
erase, expunge
similar words:
blank, deface, delete, efface, rub out, wipe out
definition 2: to destroy entirely.
The bomb nearly obliterated the city.
synonyms:
annihilate, eradicate, wipe out
antonyms:
create, perpetuate
similar words:
abolish, blot out, demolish, destroy, devastate, efface, end, exterminate, extirpate, level, ravage, raze, ruin, snuff out, wreck
derivation: obliteration (n.)
Word Parts
The word obliterate contains the following parts:
ob- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix ob- is a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as object . It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in ob- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms oc-, of-, op-, and o-.
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).