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

 

expunge

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expunge
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒ//
 
he / she / it expunges
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒɪz//
 
past simple expunged
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒd//
 
past participle expunged
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒd//
 
-ing form expunging
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspʌndʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspʌndʒɪŋ//
 
 
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expunge something (from something) (formal) to remove or get rid of something, such as a name, piece of information or a memory, from a book or list, or from your mind synonym erase Details of his criminal activities were expunged from the file. What happened just before the accident was expunged from his memory. She sought to expunge every trace of the event from her memory. The word ‘socialism’ has been expunged from the party’s manifesto. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin expungere ‘to underline something with points or dots, to show that it should be deleted’, from ex- ‘out’ + pungere ‘to prick’.
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