obliterates, obliterating, obliterated
1) VERB If something obliterates an object or place, it destroys it completely.

[V n] Their warheads are enough to obliterate the world several times over...

[V n] Whole villages were obliterated by fire.

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obliteration [[t]əblɪ̱təre͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of n

...the obliteration of three isolated rainforests.

2) VERB If you obliterate something such as a memory, emotion, or thought, you remove it completely from your mind. [LITERARY]

[V n] There was time enough to obliterate memories of how things once were for him.


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