An example of to expunge is to remove all names of underage witnesses from a crime report.
transitive verb-·punged′, -·pung′ing
Origin of expungeClassical Latin expungere (pp. expunctus), to mark (with points) for omission, erase from ex-, out + pungere, to prick: see point
transitive verbex·punged, ex·pung·ing, ex·pung·es
- To erase, delete, or strike out: expunged their names from the list.
- To eliminate completely; wipe out: a government's attempt to expunge dissidents. See Synonyms at erase.
Origin of expungeLatin expungere ex- ex- pungere to prick ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present expunges, present participle expunging, simple past and past participle expunged)
From Latin expungere, present active infinitive of expungo, from ex + pungo.