erase

[ ih-reys ]
/ ɪˈreɪs /

verb (used with object), e·rased, e·ras·ing.

verb (used without object), e·rased, e·ras·ing.

to give way to effacement readily or easily.
to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.

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Origin of erase

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin ērāsus (past participle of ērādere ), equivalent to ē- e-1 + rāsus “scraped”; see raze

synonym study for erase

1. See cancel.

OTHER WORDS FROM erase

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH erase

erasable , irascible
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British Dictionary definitions for erase

erase
/ (ɪˈreɪz) /

verb

to obliterate or rub out (something written, typed, etc)
(tr) to destroy all traces of; remove completelytime erases grief
to remove (a recording) from (magnetic tape)
(tr) computing to replace (data) on a storage device with characters representing an absence of data

Derived forms of erase

erasable, adjective

Word Origin for erase

C17: from Latin ērādere to scrape off, from ex- 1 + rādere to scratch, scrape
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