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

     

    erase

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they erase
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪs//
     
    he / she / it erases
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪsɪz//
     
    past simple erased
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪst//
     
    past participle erased
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪst//
     
    -ing form erasing
    BrE BrE//ɪˈreɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈreɪsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to remove something completely erase something She tried to erase the memory of that evening. erase something from something All doubts were suddenly erased from his mind. You cannot erase injustice from the world.
  2. 2erase something to make a mark or something you have written disappear, for example by rubbing it, especially in order to correct it He had erased the wrong word. All the phone numbers had been erased. The tide had erased the footprints.
  3. 3erase something to remove a recording from a tape or information from a computer’s memory Parts of the recording have been erased. He had erased more than 5 000 files from the memory of his computer.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally as a heraldic term meaning ‘represent the head or limb of an animal with a jagged edge’): from Latin eras- ‘scraped away’, from the verb eradere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + radere ‘scrape’.Extra examples These people have been virtually erased from the history book. They are determined to erase the bad memories of last year’s defeats. This event has been effectively erased from written records. All doubts were suddenly erased from his mind.
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