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extirpate

[ ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt ]
/ 藞蓻k st蓹r藢pe瑟t, 瑟k藞st蓽r pe瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路tir路pat路ed, ex路tir路pat路ing.
to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
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Origin of extirpate

First recorded in 1530鈥40; from Latin ex(s)tirp膩tus 鈥減lucked up by the stem鈥 (past participle of ex(s)tirp膩re ), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + stirp- (stem of stirps ) 鈥渟tem鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM extirpate

ex路tir路pa路tion [ek-ster-pey-shuhn], /藢蓻k st蓹r藞pe瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounex路tir路pa路tive, adjectiveex路tir路pa路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for extirpate

extirpate
/ (藞蓻kst蓹藢pe瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to remove or destroy completely
to pull up or out; uproot
to remove (an organ or part) surgically

Derived forms of extirpate

extirpation, nounextirpative, adjectiveextirpator, noun

Word Origin for extirpate

C16: from Latin exstirp膩re to root out, from stirps root, stock
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