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



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pulverize
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪz//
    he / she / it pulverizes
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzɪz//
    past simple pulverized
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzd//
    past participle pulverized
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzd//
    -ing form pulverizing
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlvəraɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1pulverize something (formal) to crush something into a fine powder
  2. 2pulverize somebody/something (informal, especially British English) to defeat or destroy somebody/something completely synonym crush We pulverized the opposition.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin pulverizare, from pulvis, pulver- ‘dust’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pulverize