- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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-
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//