Eradicate Definition

eradicated, eradicates, eradicating
eradicated, eradicates, eradicating
To tear out by the roots; uproot.
Webster's New World
To get rid of; wipe out; destroy.
Webster's New World

To pull up by the roots; to uproot.


To completely destroy; to put an end to; to extirpate.

Small pox was globally eradicated in 1980

Origin of Eradicate

  • Middle English eradicaten from Latin ērādīcāre ērādīcāt- ē-, ex- ex- rādīx rādīc- root wrād- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin eradicatus, past participle of ērādīcō (“uproot”), from e- (“out”) + radix (“root”). Also see: radish.

    From Wiktionary

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