erase

[ih-reys]
verb (used with object), erased, erasing.
1.
to rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, etc.; efface.
2.
to eliminate completely: She couldn't erase the tragic scene from her memory.
3.
to obliterate (material recorded on magnetic tape or a magnetic disk): She erased the message.
4.
to obliterate recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk): He accidentally erased the tape.
5.
Computers. to remove (data) from computer storage.
6.
Slang. to murder: The gang had to erase him before he informed on them.
verb (used without object), erased, erasing.
7.
to give way to effacement readily or easily.
8.
to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin ērāsus (past participle of ērādere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + rāsus scraped; see raze

erasability, noun
erasable, adjective
half-erased, adjective
nonerasable, adjective
unerasable, adjective
unerased, adjective
unerasing, adjective

erasable, irascible.


1. expunge, obliterate. See cancel.


1, 3. restore.
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erase (ɪˈreɪz)
 
vb
1.  to obliterate or rub out (something written, typed, etc)
2.  (tr) to destroy all traces of; remove completely: time erases grief
3.  to remove (a recording) from (magnetic tape)
4.  (tr) computing to replace (data) on a storage device with characters representing an absence of data
 
[C17: from Latin ērādere to scrape off, from ex-1 + rādere to scratch, scrape]
 
e'rasable
 
adj

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erase
c.1600, from L. erasus, pp. of eradere "scrape out," from ex- "out" + radere "to scrape" (see raze). Of magnetic tape, from 1945.
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Example sentences
It is so unfortunate that our history can be so easily erased.
Despite those increases, many funds do not appear to have erased the losses
  they suffered during the recession.
My own view is that the concept of monster cannot be erased from our language
  and thinking.
So my parents erased their cultural distinctiveness to spare us kids the same
  pain.
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