extirpate

[ ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt ]
/ ˈɛk stərˌpeɪt, ɪkˈstɜr peɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·tir·pat·ed, ex·tir·pat·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

1530–40; < Latin ex(s)tirpātus plucked up by the stem (past participle of ex(s)tirpāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + stirp- (stem of stirps) stem + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM extirpate

ex·tir·pa·tion, nounex·tir·pa·tive, adjectiveex·tir·pa·tor, nounun·ex·tir·pat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for extirpated

extirpate
/ (ˈɛkstəˌpeɪt) /

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 exstirpāre to root out, from stirps root, stock
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