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verb [transitive] butcher pronunciation in American English /ˈbʊtʃər/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybutcher
he/she/itbutchers
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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