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

 

exterminate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exterminate
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it exterminates
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪts//
 
past simple exterminated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle exterminated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form exterminating
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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exterminate somebody/something to kill all the members of a group of people or animals synonym wipe out Fur seals were nearly exterminated a few years ago. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘drive out’): from Latin exterminat- ‘driven out’, from the verb exterminare, from ex- ‘out’ + terminus ‘boundary’. The sense ‘destroy’ (mid 16th cent.) comes from the Latin of the Vulgate, the Latin version of the Bible prepared in the late 4th century.
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