Definition of abolish in US English:



[with object]
  • Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)

    ‘the tax was abolished in 1977’
    • ‘The best argument for keeping the BBC is to imagine what we would gain by abolishing the corporation or forcing it to accept adverts.’
    • ‘Chancellor has said he will abolish hospital accommodation charges for pensioners.’
    • ‘We in the Liberal Democrats say council tax is fundamentally unfair and should be abolished.’
    • ‘The only people who can actually abolish hunting are its practitioners.’
    • ‘It was experts who abolished grammar schools for their presumed comprehensive paradise.’
    • ‘They proposed a referendum on abolishing the monarchy, and setting up a republic.’
    • ‘In fact, the chair of philosophy at Moscow University was abolished in the late 1820s.’
    • ‘If the council can afford to do this, why not simply abolish the charges and remove the new yellow lines?’
    • ‘Road tax will be abolished and the loss of revenue will be compensated for with an additional surcharge on fuel.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the major arguments against abolishing the monarchy is the desire to preserve tradition.’
    • ‘The movements to abolish the trade and emancipate the slaves gathered momentum.’
    • ‘This put the wind back in the sails of Wilberforce who succeeded in pushing through a bill abolishing the slave trade.’
    • ‘That gives a total of one hundred and six countries that have abolished the death penalty in practice.’
    • ‘At the beginning of this year the global quota system for textiles was abolished.’
    • ‘The society added that abolishing the current system of debt recovery would discourage firms from advancing credit or lending money.’
    • ‘He suggested that abolishing the current system would discourage firms from advancing credit.’
    • ‘The grand coalition also agreed to abolish numerous tax benefits for ordinary earners.’
    • ‘On 21 September the monarchy was abolished in France and a republic was declared.’
    • ‘Koreans are now divided over the sensitive issue of abolishing the system.’
    • ‘When we've finished doing this we will then abolish the entire department.’
    put an end to, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate
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Late Middle English: from Old French aboliss-, lengthened stem of abolir, from Latin abolere ‘destroy’.