Definition of abolish in US English:



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

    ‘the tax was abolished in 1977’
    • ‘That gives a total of one hundred and six countries that have abolished the death penalty in practice.’
    • ‘Chancellor has said he will abolish hospital accommodation charges for pensioners.’
    • ‘At the beginning of this year the global quota system for textiles was abolished.’
    • ‘We in the Liberal Democrats say council tax is fundamentally unfair and should be abolished.’
    • ‘This put the wind back in the sails of Wilberforce who succeeded in pushing through a bill abolishing the slave trade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, the chair of philosophy at Moscow University was abolished in the late 1820s.’
    • ‘It was experts who abolished grammar schools for their presumed comprehensive paradise.’
    • ‘Koreans are now divided over the sensitive issue of abolishing the system.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the major arguments against abolishing the monarchy is the desire to preserve tradition.’
    • ‘They proposed a referendum on abolishing the monarchy, and setting up a republic.’
    • ‘When we've finished doing this we will then abolish the entire department.’
    • ‘If the council can afford to do this, why not simply abolish the charges and remove the new yellow lines?’
    • ‘The only people who can actually abolish hunting are its practitioners.’
    • ‘The movements to abolish the trade and emancipate the slaves gathered momentum.’
    • ‘On 21 September the monarchy was abolished in France and a republic was declared.’
    • ‘The best argument for keeping the BBC is to imagine what we would gain by abolishing the corporation or forcing it to accept adverts.’
    • ‘The grand coalition also agreed to abolish numerous tax benefits for ordinary earners.’
    • ‘Road tax will be abolished and the loss of revenue will be compensated for with an additional surcharge on fuel.’
    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’.