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erase

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verb \i-ˈrās, British -ˈrāz\

Simple Definition of erase

  • : to remove (something that has been recorded) from a tape (such as a videotape or audiotape) or a computer disk; also : to remove recorded material from (a tape or disk)

  • : to remove (something written) by rubbing or scraping so that it can no longer be seen

  • : to remove something written from (a surface)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of erase

erased

erasing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to rub or scrape out (as written, painted, or engraved letters) <erase an error> b :  to remove written or drawn marks from <erase a blackboard> c :  to remove (recorded matter) from a magnetic medium; also :  to remove recorded matter from <erase a videotape> d :  to delete from a computer storage device <erase a file>

  3. 2 a :  to remove from existence or memory as if by erasing b :  to nullify the effect or force of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to yield to erasure

erasability

play \-ˌrā-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

erasable

play \-ˈrā-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of erase in a sentence

  1. The recording can be erased and the tape used again.

  2. Several important files were accidentally erased.

  3. You can erase the tape and use it again.

  4. She erased the wrong answer from her paper and filled in the correct one.

  5. I erased the chalk marks from the blackboard.



Origin and Etymology of erase

Latin erasus, past participle of eradere, from e- + radere to scratch, scrape — more at rodent


First Known Use: 1605


ERASE Defined for Kids

erase

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verb \i-ˈrās\

Definition of erase for Students

erased

erasing

  1. 1 :  to cause to disappear by rubbing or scraping <erase a chalk mark>

  2. 2 :  to remove marks from <erase a chalkboard>

  3. 3 :  to remove recorded matter from <erase a CD>

eraser

\i-ˈrā-sər\ noun



Law Dictionary

erase

transitive verb

Legal Definition of erase

erased

erasing

  1. :  to seal and protect (criminal records) from disclosure





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