exterminate

[ik-stur-muh-neyt]

verb (used with object), ex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing.

to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate: to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.

Nearby words

  1. exterior angle,
  2. exteriority,
  3. exteriorize,
  4. exteriorly,
  5. exterminable,
  6. extermination,
  7. exterminative,
  8. exterminator,
  9. exterminatory,
  10. extermine

Origin of exterminate

1535–45; < Latin exterminātus, past participle of extermināre to extermine; see -ate1

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exterminate

verb

(tr) to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate
Derived Formsexterminable, adjectiveextermination, nounexterminative or exterminatory, adjectiveexterminator, noun

Word Origin for exterminate

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

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