- 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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1. See abolish.
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Historical Examples of eradicator
- to obliterate; stamp out
- to pull or tear up by the roots
Word Origin for eradicate
C16: from Latin ērādīcāre to uproot, from ex- 1 + rādīx root
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
early 15c., from Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare "to root out" (see eradication). Related: Eradicated; eradicating; eradicable.
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