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[ ih-reys ]

verb (used with object)

, e·rased, e·ras·ing.
  1. to rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, etc.; efface.

    Synonyms: obliterate, expunge

    Antonyms: restore

  2. to eliminate completely:

    She couldn't erase the tragic scene from her memory.

  3. to obliterate (material recorded on magnetic tape or a magnetic disk):

    She erased the message.

    Antonyms: restore

  4. to obliterate recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk):

    He accidentally erased the tape.

  5. Computers. to remove (data) from computer storage.
  6. to exclude, replace, or refuse to recognize (the identity, experience, or contribution of a minority group or group member): whitewash ( def 7b ).

    Framing rape as a woman’s issue erases men’s accounts of sexual violence from public discourse.

  7. Slang. to murder:

    The gang had to erase him before he informed on them.

verb (used without object)

, e·rased, e·ras·ing.
  1. to give way to effacement readily or easily.
  2. to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.


/ ɪˈreɪz /


  1. to obliterate or rub out (something written, typed, etc)
  2. tr to destroy all traces of; remove completely

    time erases grief

  3. to remove (a recording) from (magnetic tape)
  4. tr computing to replace (data) on a storage device with characters representing an absence of data
“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

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Derived Forms

  • eˈrasable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • e·rasa·bili·ty noun
  • e·rasa·ble adjective
  • half-e·rased adjective
  • none·rasa·ble adjective
  • une·rasa·ble adjective
  • une·rased adjective
  • une·rasing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of erase1

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

Origin of erase1

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

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Example Sentences

Milestone moments like graduation and homecoming have been erased.

One looming change is the death of the third party cookie, which threatens to erase everything brands thought they knew about harnessing data.

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Once barely touched, rural communities were experiencing multiple outbreaks, fueling a more than fivefold spike in infections that erased the racial gap seen until that point in the pandemic.

The 26-minute documentary introducing the groundless theory went viral on Facebook in the spring before the company moved to erase it from its platform.

This lets you erase parts of the second layer while still seeing how it will line up with what’s behind it.

Do as Tumblr has done and scrub her last words off the Internet—erase everything she wanted the world to hear.

Is this a mature expression of understandable judgment, or a bid to erase history while conflating fiction and reality?

Its militants say explicitly they are out to erase the borders that Sykes-Picot established across most of the modern Middle East.

Later, she told a local reporter that she had used a chemical to erase her fingerprints.

I was worried that a movie about the case would erase Meredith for good.

But they could not erase the past; they could not control the more distant future.

The test applied was to erase some particular letter of the alphabet from one page of a book.

I pointed out where the ground had been smoothed over as though to erase the traces of a struggle.

You worked your way outward on this run, and the High Council didn't see fit to erase those memories or inhibit them.

In regard to the chemicals used to erase ink, much depends upon the ink.