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exterminate

[ ik-stur-muh-neyt ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪt /
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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.

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Origin of exterminate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for exterminate

exterminate
/ (ɪkˈstɜːmɪˌneɪt) /

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 extermināre to drive away, from terminus boundary
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