Definitions for abolishəˈbɒl ɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bol•ishəˈbɒl ɪʃ(v.t.)-ished, -ish•ing.

  1. to do away with (a law, custom, condition, etc.) completely; put an end to; annul:

    to abolish slavery.

Origin of abolish:

1425–75; late ME < MF aboliss-, long s. of abolir < L abolēre to destroy, efface, put an end to


Princeton's WordNet

  1. abolish, get rid of(verb)

    do away with

    "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. abolish(verb)əˈbɒl ɪʃ

    to end officially

    The law was abolished in 1979.


  1. abolish(Verb)

    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.

  2. abolish(Verb)

    To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1459. From abolisshen, from abolir, from abolere, present active infinitive of aboleo, from ab + oleo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abolish(verb)

    to do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly

  2. Abolish(verb)

    to put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abolish' in Verbs Frequency: #753

Translations for abolish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put an end to (a custom, law etc)

We must abolish the death penalty.

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