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[ih-rad-i-keyt] /ɪˈræd ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), eradicated, eradicating.
to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate:
to eradicate smallpox throughout the world.
to erase by rubbing or by means of a chemical solvent:
to eradicate a spot.
to pull up by the roots:
to eradicate weeds.
Origin of eradicate
1555-65; < Latin ērādīcātus rooted out (past participle of ērādīcāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + rādīc- (stem of rādīx) root1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ih-rad-i-kuh nt] /ɪˈræd ɪ kənt/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
eradication, noun
eradicative, adjective
eradicator, noun
noneradicative, adjective
uneradicated, adjective
uneradicative, adjective
1. obliterate, uproot, exterminate, annihilate. See abolish. Unabridged
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  • First, let's understand, cheating will never be eradicated from big-time sports.
  • With such control of nature, they predict, these proteins will one day eradicate diseases and greatly extend the human lifespan.
  • Bacterial infections are often hard to eradicate because a small percentage of germs are dormant at any one time.
  • It appears academicians' attempts to eradicate these hotbeds of plagiarism have done little to stifle their growth.
  • Tree mallow's seeds are hardy, making it difficult to eradicate.
  • We need to ponder other solutions than growth to eradicate unemployment.
  • Climate change is projected to eradicate 30% of all species on the planet.
  • I'm telling you, mice are easier to eradicate than roaches.
  • And they are notoriously difficult to eradicate.
  • We are continuing to eradicate some diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for eradicate


verb (transitive)
to obliterate; stamp out
to pull or tear up by the roots
Derived Forms
eradicable, adjective
eradicably, adverb
eradication, noun
eradicative, adjective
eradicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ērādīcāre to uproot, from ex-1 + rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for eradicate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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