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

     

    massacre

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they massacre
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkər//
     
    he / she / it massacres
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkərz//
     
    past simple massacred
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkərd//
     
    past participle massacred
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkərd//
     
    -ing form massacring
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1massacre somebody to kill a large number of people, especially in a cruel way Hundreds of innocent women and children were massacred.
  2. 2massacre somebody (informal) to defeat somebody in a game or competition by a high score Our team was massacred in the final.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French, of unknown origin.
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