Erase Definition

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To rub, scrape, or wipe out (esp. written or engraved letters); efface; expunge.
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To remove (something recorded) from (magnetic tape)
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To remove (data) from a computer storage device.
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To remove any sign of; obliterate, as from the mind.
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To kill.
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Origin of Erase

  • From Latin erasus, past participle of eradere (“to scrape, to abrade”), from ex- (“out of”) + radere (“to scrape”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin ērādere ērās- to scratch out ē-, ex- ex- rādere to scrape rēd- in Indo-European roots

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

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