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Definition of slaughter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slaughter
    he / she / it slaughters
    past simple slaughtered
    -ing form slaughtering
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  1. 1slaughter something to kill an animal, usually for its meat synonym butcher The lambs are ready to be slaughtered.
  2. 2slaughter somebody/something to kill a large number of people or animals violently synonym massacre Men, women and children were slaughtered and villages destroyed.
  3. 3slaughter somebody/something (informal) to defeat someone or something by a large number of points in a sports game, competition, etc. We were slaughtered 10–1 by the home team.
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