verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Late Latin annihilatus, past participle of annihilare to reduce to nothing, from Latin ad- + nihil nothing — more at nil Date: 1525 transitive verb 1. a. to cause to be of no effect ; nullify b. to destroy the substance or force of 2. to regard as of no consequence 3. to cause to cease to exist; especially kill 4. a. to destroy a considerable part of <
bombs annihilated the city
; to vanquish completely ; rout <
annihilated the visitors 56-0
5. to cause (a particle and its antiparticle) to vanish by annihilating intransitive verb of a particle and its antiparticle to vanish or cease to exist by coming together and changing into other forms of energy (as photons) • annihilation nounannihilator nounannihilatory adjective

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