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[ ik-stur-muh-neyt ]

verb (used with object)

, ex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate:

    to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.

    Synonyms: eliminate, annihilate, abolish, eradicate


/ ɪkˈstɜːmɪˌneɪt /


  1. tr to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate
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Derived Forms

  • exˈtermiˌnator, noun
  • exˈterminable, adjective
  • exˌtermiˈnation, noun
  • exˈterminative, adjective
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Other Words From

  • ex·ter·mi·na·ble [ik-, stur, -m, uh, -n, uh, -b, uh, l], adjective
  • ex·termi·nation noun
  • nonex·termi·nation noun
  • self-ex·termi·nation noun
  • unex·termi·na·ble adjective
  • unex·termi·nated adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of exterminate1

1535–45; < Latin exterminātus, past participle of extermināre to extermine; -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of exterminate1

C16: from Latin extermināre to drive away, from terminus boundary
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Example Sentences

Many of these scientists are fighting the very genetic diseases threatening to exterminate numbats.

His big winning idea was to exterminate poverty for 3 million elderly people in Korea by publishing an interactive research paper to influence Korean pension reform.

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Fingers crossed that one of those over-the-air updates exterminates this bug without introducing something worse.

I should have voted for at least three presidential candidates at this point in my life, but that possibility where I come from was exterminated like a deadly pandemic.

Stamets’ other mushroom nostrums include dissolving petroleum waste, exterminating unwanted insects, and creating vaccines that can eradicate viruses.

Next was World War II: machine enabled Hitler, who in turn attempted to exterminate an entire people.

Riegner warned the Allies that Berlin had a plan to exterminate all Jews in countries occupied or controlled by Germany.

I think your efforts also may rival that of Germany's Adolf Hitler in his attempt to exterminate an entire race of people.

“We expect the regime to try to exterminate us all,” he said.

Despite having the nickname “the exterminator,” DeLay did not try to exterminate wasteful spending when in power.

There was not a moment to lose, for one well-directed shot might exterminate half of us.

From the very first of the war their work was to help exterminate the guerrilla bands which infested the State.

The regular troops, the constabulary, and other armed forces combined were unable to exterminate brigandage.

You like to divide yourselves into nations, to trick yourselves out in national costumes, and to exterminate each other to music!

Shepherds have entered into a conspiracy to exterminate the wolves.