Definition of eradicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

eradicate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they eradicate
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it eradicates
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪts//
 
past simple eradicated
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle eradicated
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form eradicating
BrE BrE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to destroy or get rid of something completely, especially something bad synonym wipe out eradicate something Diphtheria has been virtually eradicated in the United States. eradicate something from something We are determined to eradicate racism from our sport. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘pull up by the roots’): from Latin eradicat- ‘torn up by the roots’, from the verb eradicare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + radix, radic- ‘root’.Extra examples These insects are very difficult to eradicate. Effective action is needed to eradicate terrorism, drug-trafficking and corruption. Polio has been virtually eradicated in Brazil. Smallpox had been completely eradicated from the world.
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