- 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.
- 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.
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transitive verb e·rad·i·cat·ed, e·rad·i·cat·ing, e·rad·i·cates
- To tear up by the roots.
- To get rid of as if by tearing up by the roots: Their goal was to eradicate poverty. See Synonyms at abolish, eliminate.
Origin: Middle English eradicaten, from Latin ērādīcāre, ērādīcāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rādīx, rādīc-, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
- e·radˈi·ca·ble adjective
- e·radˌi·caˈtion noun
- e·radˈi·caˌtive adjective
- e·radˈi·caˌtor noun