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

     

    slaughter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slaughter
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtər//
     
    he / she / it slaughters
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtərz//
     
    past simple slaughtered
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtərd//
     
    past participle slaughtered
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtərd//
     
    -ing form slaughtering
    BrE BrE//ˈslɔːtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɔːtərɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming
     
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  1. 1slaughter something to kill an animal, usually for its meat synonym butcher The lambs are taken to the local abattoir to be slaughtered. See related entries: Animal farming
  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 somebody/something by a large number of points in a sports game, competition, etc. We were slaughtered 10–1 by the home team.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse slátr ‘butcher's meat’; related to slay. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples Hundreds of innocent civilians were cruelly slaughtered. The animals are all humanely slaughtered. Thousands of birds were slaughtered for their feathers. Thousands of people were systematically slaughtered by their oppressors. elephants illegally slaughtered by poachers
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