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exterminate

[ik-stur-muh-neyt] /ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), exterminated, exterminating.
1.
to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate:
to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin exterminātus, past participle of extermināre to extermine; see -ate1
Related forms
exterminable
[ik-stur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ɪkˈstɜr mə nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
extermination, noun
nonextermination, noun
self-extermination, noun
unexterminable, adjective
unexterminated, adjective
Synonyms
eradicate, abolish, annihilate, eliminate.
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British Dictionary definitions for ex-termination

exterminate

/ɪkˈstɜːmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate
Derived Forms
exterminable, adjective
extermination, noun
exterminative, exterminatory, adjective
exterminator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin extermināre to drive away, from terminus boundary
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Word Origin and History for ex-termination
exterminate
1540s, from L. exterminare "drive out, expel," also, in L.L. "destroy," from phrase ex termine "beyond the boundary," from ex- "out of" + termine, abl. of termen "boundary, limit, end." Related: Exterminated; exterminating; exterminator.
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