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verb [transitive] butcher pronunciation in American English /ˈbʊtʃər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebutchering
past tensebutchered
past participlebutchered
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  1. 1
    to kill an animal and cut it up so that it can be eaten
    Four lambs were butchered and roasted for the celebration dinner.
  2. 2
    to kill someone, often many people, in a cruel and violent way
    They saw their parents, brothers, and sisters butchered.
  3. 3
    informal to spoil or damage something by making many changes in it
    They’ve butchered my script.


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