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Definition of mothball verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually passive] mothball somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mothball
he / she / it mothballs
past simple mothballed
-ing form mothballing
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to decide not to use or develop something for a period of time, especially a piece of equipment or a plan The original proposal had been mothballed years ago. synonym shelve
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mothball

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