- 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
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Examples from the Web for eradicate
We need Obama to follow through on his promise to eradicate it.The West’s Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call
October 20, 2014
It might take us centuries to eradicate the sexism that powers the harassment of women on a cultural level.Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?
August 28, 2014
First impressions are tough to eradicate—especially in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.Brooklyn Decker on Her ‘Horrible’ Modeling Experiences, Marriage, and Cracking Hollywood
April 11, 2014
Erdogan had announced the move in a speech on Thursday, vowing to “eradicate Twitter.”
“We will eradicate Twitter”, he said during a campaign speech on Thursday.
"Let's eradicate him from the face of the earth, Reddy," proposed David.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Eradicate the uric acid from the system, and then the rheumatism will disappear.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
They had been bred in my bones, and it was impossible to eradicate them.The Expressman and the Detective
The country here is infested by guerillas, whom all our efforts cannot eradicate.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
Have I realized that, if I cannot eradicate an evil habit, probably no one else can or will?Bertha and Her Baptism
- to obliterate; stamp out
- to pull or tear up by the roots
Word Origin and History for eradicate
early 15c., from Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare "to root out" (see eradication). Related: Eradicated; eradicating; eradicable.