eradicate[ē rad′i kāt′, i-]
- 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.
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)