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Definition of assassinate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

assassinate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assassinate
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪt//
 
he / she / it assassinates
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪts//
 
past simple assassinated
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪtɪd//
 
past participle assassinated
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form assassinating
BrE BrE//əˈsæsɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsæsəneɪtɪŋ//
 
Terrorism
 
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[often passive] assassinate somebody to murder an important or famous person, especially for political reasons The prime minister was assassinated by extremists. a plot to assassinate the president Wordfinderalert, assassinate, attack, campaign, execute, extremist, hijack, hostage, kidnap, terrorism See related entries: Terrorism Word Origin early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin assassinat- ‘killed’, from the verb assassinare, from assassinus, from Arabic ḥašīšī ‘hashish-eater’.
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