A man uses a fog to exterminate insects.
Having a pest-control service kill the ants in your home is an example of exterminate.
transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
Origin of exterminatefrom Classical Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare, literally , to drive beyond the boundaries, hence drive out, destroy from ex-, out + terminus, boundary: see term
transitive verbex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing, ex·ter·mi·nates
Origin of exterminateLatin extermināre extermināt- to drive out ex- ex- termināre to mark boundaries ( from terminus boundary marker )
- ex·ter′mi·na′tive ex·ter′mi·na·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present exterminates, present participle exterminating, simple past and past participle exterminated)
- To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests.
- We'll use poison to exterminate the rats.
- (figuratively) To bring a definite end to, finish completely. A rather strong word that implies that what has been ended won't resurface.
- Even a mass birching at the public school failed to exterminate truancy.
From Latin exterminātus, perfect passive participle of exterminō, itself from ex- + terminō (“I finish, close, end”) (from terminus (“limit, end”)).