- 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.
- to tear out by the roots; uproot
- to get rid of; wipe out; destroy
Origin of eradicateMiddle English eradicaten ; from Classical Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare, to root out ; from e-, out + radix (gen. radicis), root
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)