[ ih-rad-i-keyt ]
/ ɪˈræd ɪˌkeɪt /
verb (used with object), e·rad·i·cat·ed, e·rad·i·cat·ing.
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
e·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, noun
non·e·rad·i·ca·tive, adjectiveun·e·rad·i·cat·ed, adjectiveun·e·rad·i·ca·tive, adjective
1. See abolish.
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Examples from the Web for eradicator
Oliver had taken to his side the oldest tigrero, or "vermin" eradicator of the farm, as his pilot.The Treasure of Pearls|Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for eradicator
/ (ɪˈrædɪˌkeɪt) /
to obliterate; stamp out
to pull or tear up by the roots
eradicable, adjectiveeradicably, adverberadication, nouneradicative, adjective
Word Origin for eradicate
C16: from Latin ērādīcāre to uproot, from ex- 1 + rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for eradicator
early 15c., from Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare "to root out" (see eradication). Related: Eradicated; eradicating; eradicable.
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