assassinate

[[t]əsæ̱sɪneɪt[/t]]
assassinates, assassinating, assassinated
When someone important is assassinated, they are murdered as a political act.

[be V-ed] Would the USA be radically different today if Kennedy had not been assassinated?...

[V n] The plot to assassinate Martin Luther King had started long before he was actually killed.

Derived words:
assassination [[t]əsæ̱sɪne͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR oft N of n, N n

She would like an investigation into the assassination of her husband...

He lives in constant fear of assassination.

...an assassination plot.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Assassinate — As*sas sin*ate, n. [F. assassinat.] 1. An assassination, murder, or murderous assault. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If I had made an assassinate upon your father. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. An assassin. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assassinate — index dispatch (put to death), extinguish, kill (murder), slay Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • assassinate — (v.) 1610s, from pp. stem of M.L. assassinare (see ASSASSIN (Cf. assassin)). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating …   Etymology dictionary

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  • assassinate — [ə sas′ənāt΄] vt. assassinated, assassinating 1. to murder (esp. a politically important or prominent person) by surprise attack, usually for payment or from zealous belief 2. to harm or ruin (someone s reputation, etc.), as by slander,… …   English World dictionary

  • assassinate — verb VERB + ASSASSINATE ▪ attempt to, try to ▪ plan to, plot to ▪ He was executed in 1887 for plotting to assassinate the Tsar. PHRASES ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • assassinate — UK [əˈsæsɪneɪt] / US [əˈsæsɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms assassinate : present tense I/you/we/they assassinate he/she/it assassinates present participle assassinating past tense assassinated past participle assassinated to kill a famous or …   English dictionary

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