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verb (used with object), e·rad·i·cat·ed, e·rad·i·cat·ing.
  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.
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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 formse·rad·i·cant [ih-rad-i-kuhnt] /ɪˈræd ɪ kənt/, adjective, noune·rad·i·ca·tion, noune·rad·i·ca·tive, adjectivee·rad·i·ca·tor, nounnon·e·rad·i·ca·tive, adjectiveun·e·rad·i·cat·ed, adjectiveun·e·rad·i·ca·tive, adjective

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1. See abolish.
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elimination, destruction, annihilation

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verb (tr)
  1. to obliterate; stamp out
  2. to pull or tear up by the roots
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Derived Formseradicable, adjectiveeradicably, adverberadication, nouneradicative, adjectiveeradicator, noun

Word Origin for eradicate

C16: from Latin ērādīcāre to uproot, from ex- 1 + rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for eradication


early 15c., from Latin eradicationem (nominative eradicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of eradicare "root out, extirpate, annihilate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + radix (genitive radicis) "root" (see radish).

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

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