[ 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.

Origin of erase

1595–1605; < Latin ērāsus (past participle of ērādere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + rāsus scraped; see raze

Related forms

Can be confused

erasable irascible

Synonym study

1. See cancel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for erase

British Dictionary definitions for erase


/ (ɪˈreɪz) /


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

erasable, adjective

Word Origin for erase

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