eradicate[ē rad′i kāt′, i-]
- The definition of eradicate is to pull something out by the roots.
An example of to eradicate is to take out all the dandelions from a garden.
- To eradicate is defined as to completely destroy or wipe something out.
An example of to eradicate is what an exterminator does to the fleas in your house.
transitive verbe·rad·i·cat·ed, e·rad·i·cat·ing, e·rad·i·cates
- To tear up by the roots: “They loosened the soil and eradicated the weeds” (James Macauley).
- To get rid of; eliminate: Their goal was to eradicate poverty. See Synonyms at eliminate.
Origin of eradicateMiddle English eradicaten, from Latin ērādīcāre, ērādīcāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rādīx, rādīc-, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present eradicates, present participle eradicating, simple past and past participle eradicated)