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eradicate

[ih-rad-i-keyt] /ɪˈræd ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), eradicated, eradicating.
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.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin ērādīcātus rooted out (past participle of ērādīcāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + rādīc- (stem of rādīx) root1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
eradicant
[ih-rad-i-kuh nt] /ɪˈræd ɪ kənt/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
eradication, noun
eradicative, adjective
eradicator, noun
noneradicative, adjective
uneradicated, adjective
uneradicative, adjective
Synonyms
1. obliterate, uproot, exterminate, annihilate. See abolish.
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  • All of these diseases were once thought to be under control, if not eradicated.
  • Ask students if they think piracy has been completely eradicated.
  • Globally, however,the disease has not been fully eradicated.
  • Twenty-five years ago this month, smallpox was officially eradicated.
  • Some vaguely believe that polio has already been eradicated.
  • The survivors may return if the toads can be eradicated.
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  • So instead, conservationists captured and relocated the eagles and only then eradicated the pigs.
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  • The years have not diminished the wonderful memories nor eradicated the tears.
British Dictionary definitions for eradicated

eradicate

/ɪˈrædɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to obliterate; stamp out
2.
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 eradicated

eradicate

v.

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

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