abolish

  • 1 Abolish — A*bol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abolished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abolishing}.] [F. abolir, L. abolere, aboletum; ab + olere to grow. Cf. {Finish}.] 1. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; said of laws, customs, institutions, governments,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 abolish — abolish, annihilate, extinguish, abate share the meaning to make nonexistent. Abolish seldom refers to purely physical objects but rather to such things as are the outgrowth of law, custom, human conception, or the conditions of human existence… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 abolish — abol·ish vt: to end the observance or effect of: annul Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. abolish …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 abolish — a‧bol‧ish [əˈbɒlɪʆ ǁ əˈbɑː ] verb [transitive] LAW to officially end a law, a system for doing something, an organization etc, especially one that has existed for a long time: • Inheritance tax in Bulgaria was abolished in 2005. abolition noun… …

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  • 5 abolish — [ə bäl′ish] vt. [ME abolisshen < OFr aboliss , extended stem of abolir < L abolescere, to decay little by little, inceptive of abolere, to retard, destroy: formed, with ab , from, to contrast with adolere, to increase, grow] to do away with …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 abolish — (v.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. aboliss , prp. stem of abolir to abolish (15c.), from L. abolere destroy, cause to die out, retard the growth of, from ab from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + adolere to grow, from PIE *ol eye , causative of root *al to …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 abolish — [v] do away with or put an end to abate, abrogate, annihilate, annul, call off, cancel, destroy, disestablish, dissolve, end, eradicate, erase, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, finish, inhibit, invalidate, kill, negate, nix, nullify, obliterate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 abolish — ► VERB ▪ formally put an end to (a practice or institution). ORIGIN Latin abolere destroy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 abolish — abolishable, adj. abolisher, n. abolishment, n. /euh bol ish/, v.t. to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery. [1425 75; late ME < MF aboliss , long s. of abolir < L abolere to destroy, efface, put an end to; change of… …

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  • 10 abolish — 01. The death penalty was [abolished] in this country about 50 years ago. 02. Hitting children as punishment for bad behavior was [abolished] in schools when I was a child. 03. The government has passed a law [abolishing] prayer in public schools …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 abolish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. annul, cancel, abrogate; exterminate, wipe out. See nullification, destruction. Ant., establish, reinstate. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. suppress, eradicate, terminate, exterminate, obliterate, do away… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 abolish */*/ — UK [əˈbɒlɪʃ] / US [əˈbɑlɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms abolish : present tense I/you/we/they abolish he/she/it abolishes present participle abolishing past tense abolished past participle abolished to officially get rid of a law, system,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 abolish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French aboliss , stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre; probably akin to adolescere to grow up more at adult Date: 15th century 1. to end the observance or effect of ; annul …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 abolish — verb ADVERB ▪ altogether (esp. BrE), completely, entirely, totally ▪ Some say the tax should be abolished entirely. ▪ virtually ▪ largely …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 abolish — verb /əˈbɒlɪʃ/ a) To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; to end a law, system, custom or institution Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century. b) To put an end to or …

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  • 16 abolish — a|bol|ish [ ə balıʃ ] verb transitive * to officially get rid of a law, system, practice, etc.: Congress should abolish the estate tax …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 abolish — [[t]əbɒ̱lɪʃ[/t]] abolishes, abolishing, abolished VERB If someone in authority abolishes a system or practice, they formally put an end to it. [V n] The following year Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty for murder... The whole system… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 abolish — verb the governor never fulfilled his promise to abolish the state income tax Syn: put an end to, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, ax, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 abolish — a•bol•ish [[t]əˈbɒl ɪʃ[/t]] v. t. ished, ish•ing to do away with (a law, custom, condition, etc.) completely; put an end to; annul: to abolish slavery[/ex] • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < MF aboliss , long s. of abolir < L abolēre to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 abolish — /əˈbɒlɪʃ / (say uh bolish) verb (t) to do away with; put an end to; annul; destroy: *they were fighting an already lost battle in attempting to abolish the party system –anne summers, 1975. {French aboliss , stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre… …

    Australian English dictionary