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o·blit·er·ate

 (ə-blĭt′ə-rāt′, ō-blĭt′-)
tr.v. o·blit·er·at·ed, o·blit·er·at·ing, o·blit·er·ates
1. To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace. See Synonyms at annihilate.
2. To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over: "The name [on the door] had been crudely obliterated with thick, heavy strokes of black paint" (F. Paul Wilson).
3. Medicine To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.

[Latin oblitterāre, oblitterāt-, to erase, from ob litterās (scrībere), (to write) over letters (ob, over; see ob- + litterās, accusative pl. of littera, letter) and from oblītus, past participle of oblīvīscī, to forget; see oblivion.]

o·blit′er·a′tion n.
o·blit′er·a′tive (-ə-rā′tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
o·blit′er·a′tor n.

obliterate

(əˈblɪtəˌreɪt)
vb
(tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
[C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter]
oˌbliteˈration n
oˈbliterative adj
oˈbliterˌator n

ob•lit•er•ate

(əˈblɪt əˌreɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to remove or destroy all traces of.
2. to blot out or render indecipherable; efface.
[1590–1600; < Latin oblitterātus, past participle of oblitterāre to efface, cause to be forgotten =ob- ob- + -litterāre, derivative of littera letter; see -ate1]
ob•lit′er•a•ble (-ər ə bəl) adj.
ob•lit`er•a′tion, n.
ob•lit′er•a`tor, n.

obliterate


Past participle: obliterated
Gerund: obliterating

Imperative
obliterate
obliterate
Present
I obliterate
you obliterate
he/she/it obliterates
we obliterate
you obliterate
they obliterate
Preterite
I obliterated
you obliterated
he/she/it obliterated
we obliterated
you obliterated
they obliterated
Present Continuous
I am obliterating
you are obliterating
he/she/it is obliterating
we are obliterating
you are obliterating
they are obliterating
Present Perfect
I have obliterated
you have obliterated
he/she/it has obliterated
we have obliterated
you have obliterated
they have obliterated
Past Continuous
I was obliterating
you were obliterating
he/she/it was obliterating
we were obliterating
you were obliterating
they were obliterating
Past Perfect
I had obliterated
you had obliterated
he/she/it had obliterated
we had obliterated
you had obliterated
they had obliterated
Future
I will obliterate
you will obliterate
he/she/it will obliterate
we will obliterate
you will obliterate
they will obliterate
Future Perfect
I will have obliterated
you will have obliterated
he/she/it will have obliterated
we will have obliterated
you will have obliterated
they will have obliterated
Future Continuous
I will be obliterating
you will be obliterating
he/she/it will be obliterating
we will be obliterating
you will be obliterating
they will be obliterating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been obliterating
you have been obliterating
he/she/it has been obliterating
we have been obliterating
you have been obliterating
they have been obliterating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been obliterating
you will have been obliterating
he/she/it will have been obliterating
we will have been obliterating
you will have been obliterating
they will have been obliterating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been obliterating
you had been obliterating
he/she/it had been obliterating
we had been obliterating
you had been obliterating
they had been obliterating
Conditional
I would obliterate
you would obliterate
he/she/it would obliterate
we would obliterate
you would obliterate
they would obliterate
Past Conditional
I would have obliterated
you would have obliterated
he/she/it would have obliterated
we would have obliterated
you would have obliterated
they would have obliterated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.obliterate - mark for deletion, rub off, or erase; "kill these lines in the President's speech"
take away, take out - take out or remove; "take out the chicken after adding the vegetables"
2.obliterate - make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
efface, obliterate - remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
mystify - make mysterious; "mystify the story"
3.obliterate - remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
slur, dim, blur - become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
blot out, obliterate, veil, hide, obscure - make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
4.obliterate - do away with completely, without leaving a trace
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
Adj.1.obliterate - reduced to nothingness
destroyed - spoiled or ruined or demolished; "war left many cities destroyed"; "Alzheimer's is responsible for her destroyed mind"

obliterate

verb
1. destroy, eliminate, devastate, waste, wreck, wipe out, demolish, ravage, eradicate, desolate, annihilate, put paid to, raze, blow to bits, extirpate, blow sky-high, destroy root and branch, wipe from or off the face of the earth Whole villages were obliterated by the fire.
destroy make, build, create, establish, construct
2. eradicate, remove, eliminate, cancel, get rid of, wipe out, erase, excise, delete, extinguish, root out, efface, blot out, expunge, extirpate He drank to obliterate the memory of what had occurred.

obliterate

verb
2. To remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean:
annul, blot (out), cancel, cross (off or out), delete, efface, erase, expunge, rub (out), scratch (out), strike (out), undo, wipe (out), x (out).
Law: vacate.
Translations
يُزيل، يَمْحَق، يُدَمِّريَطْمُس، يَدْثُر
udsletteudviske
hävittäätuhota
eltörölkiirt
òurrka út, afmáòurrka út, eyîa
išdildytinušluoti nuo žemės paviršiaus
izdzēstiznīcinātnoslaucīt no zemes virsaspārklāt
vyhladiťzmazať
bozmakörtmekyerle bir etmek

obliterate

[əˈblɪtəreɪt] VT
1. (= destroy) → arrasar con, destruir
2. (= blot out) → borrar; (= hide) → ocultar

obliterate

[əˈblɪtəreɪt] vt
(= destroy) [+ object, place] → anéantir
[+ memory, feeling] → oblitérer

obliterate

vt (= erase, abolish)auslöschen; past, memory alsotilgen (geh); city alsovernichten; (inf) opposite team etcvernichten; (= hide from sight) sun, viewverdecken; the coffee stain has obliterated most of the textder Kaffeefleck hat den Text fast ganz unkenntlich gemacht; by the 19th century this disease had been completely obliteratedim 19. Jahrhundert war dann diese Krankheit völlig ausgerottet

obliterate

[əˈblɪtəˌreɪt] vtcancellare completamente

obliterate

(əˈblitəreit) verb
1. to cover, to prevent from being visible. The sand-storm obliterated his footprints.
2. to destroy completely. The town was obliterated by the bombs.

obliterate

v. obliterar, anular, destruir.
References in classic literature ?
It would almost seem as if Nature herself had tried to obliterate the evil signs of what had occurred.
He found the caches, in which he had deposited his superfluous goods and equipments, all safe, and having opened and taken from them the necessary supplies, he closed them again; taking care to obliterate all traces that might betray them to the keen eyes of Indian marauders.
It came into his head, therefore, that if he could prevail with the young gentleman to return back to his father, he should by that means render a service to Allworthy, which would obliterate all his former anger; nay, indeed, he conceived that very anger was counterfeited, and that Allworthy had sacrificed him to his own reputation.
The NA Special Committee holding perhaps its first meeting in Islamabad the other day vowed to obliterate child abuse from Pakistan and elected Minister of State for Information, and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb as its chairperson.
Foremost, your bread and butter as a forward is to win set-piece ball and obliterate breakdowns.
London, Sep 8( ANI ): Jonnie Peacock, who beat Oscar Pistorius to win the T44 100m in record time at the London Paralympic Games, has ruled out any possibility of sprinting against able-bodied athletes at Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, saying the world's fastest runner Usain Bolt would obliterate him in a race.
PNN The Director of maps and information systems department of the Arab Studies Society, Khalil Al-Tufkaji, confirmed that the Zionist occupation aims to obliterate the Arab identity through the destruction of the Islamic monuments in Jerusalem.
He is a psycho messianic Shi'ite who wants to obliterate Israel, but Iran is obligated by the 148 Genocide Convention.
For his part, member of the Golan Villages Development Institution Tayseer Mari said that Israel has sought to obliterate the Arab identity of Golan's people since the first day it occupied it and on this basis the struggle for preserving the national and cultural identity emerged.
In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them," Clinton said.
Responding with understatement to a question in the British House of Lords, the foreign minister responsible for Asia, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, said of Clinton's implication of a mushroom cloud over Iran: "While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequences of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is probably not prudent in today's world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country.
A primary method used to do so was to quarantine afflicted peoples and to obliterate Mexican spaces.