WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•sas•si•nate /əˈsæsəˌneɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. to kill (someone) for hire or from fanaticism.
  2. to harm viciously:to assassinate a person's character.
as•sas•si•na•tion /əˌsæsəˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountablecountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•sas•si•nate  (ə sasə nāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. to kill suddenly or secretively, esp. a politically prominent person;
    murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
  2. to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously:to assassinate a person's character.
as•sas′si•nation, n. 
as•sassi•na′tive, adj. 
as•sassi•na′tor, n. 
  • assassin + -ate1 1590–1600
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . slay.

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assassinate /əˈsæsɪˌneɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
  2. to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander

asˌsassiˈnation n

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