- to rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, etc.; efface.
- to eliminate completely: She couldn't erase the tragic scene from her memory.
- to obliterate (material recorded on magnetic tape or a magnetic disk): She erased the message.
- to obliterate recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk): He accidentally erased the tape.
- Computers. to remove (data) from computer storage.
- Slang. to murder: The gang had to erase him before he informed on them.
- to give way to effacement readily or easily.
- to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.
Origin of erase
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1. See cancel.
1, 3. restore.
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Examples from the Web for erase
Do as Tumblr has done and scrub her last words off the Internet—erase everything she wanted the world to hear.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Is this a mature expression of understandable judgment, or a bid to erase history while conflating fiction and reality?Newsflash: Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable
November 20, 2014
Its militants say explicitly they are out to erase the borders that Sykes-Picot established across most of the modern Middle East.Turkish President Declares Lawrence of Arabia a Bigger Enemy than ISIS
October 13, 2014
Later, she told a local reporter that she had used a chemical to erase her fingerprints.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
I immediately realized I needed to do something to erase that legacy from my memory.Paul Haggis on Scientology, the ‘Crash’ Oscar, and ‘Third Person’
June 19, 2014
I find she quite ignores it, if she has sums to do, or blots to erase.Meadow Grass
And first of all, erase from it all that you have heard me say in the council-room.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He could not erase errors, or paint them over, as an artist does.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Hence we erase all optional marks in the 1st and 3rd rows, but let them stand in the 2nd.A Tangled Tale
And if he depart, let him erase all the entries which have been made by him in the register kept by the magistrates.Laws
- 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
C17: from Latin ērādere to scrape off, from ex- 1 + rādere to scratch, scrape
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Word Origin and History for erase
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