expunge[ek spunj′, ik-]
- Expunge is defined as to erase or get rid of.
An example of to expunge is to remove all names of underage witnesses from a crime report.
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.