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exterminate

[ ik-stur-muh-neyt ]
/ 瑟k藞st蓽r m蓹藢ne瑟t /
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Definition of exterminate

verb (used with object), ex路ter路mi路nat路ed, ex路ter路mi路nat路ing.
to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate: to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.
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Origin of exterminate

1535鈥45; <Latin extermin膩tus, past participle of extermin膩re to extermine; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for exterminate

exterminate
/ (瑟k藞st蓽藧m瑟藢ne瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate

Derived forms of exterminate

exterminable, adjectiveextermination, nounexterminative or exterminatory, adjectiveexterminator, noun

Word Origin for exterminate

C16: from Latin extermin膩re to drive away, from terminus boundary
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