eradicate


verb (used with object), e·rad·i·cat·ed, e·rad·i·cat·ing.

  1. to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to eradicate smallpox throughout the world.
  2. to erase by rubbing or by means of a chemical solvent: to eradicate a spot.
  3. to pull up by the roots: to eradicate weeds.

verb (tr)

  1. to obliterate; stamp out
  2. to pull or tear up by the roots
v.

early 15c., from Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare “to root out” (see eradication). Related: Eradicated; eradicating; eradicable.

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