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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)

Full Definition of erase

erasederas·ing

  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

eras·abil·i·ty play \-ˌrā-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
eras·able play \-ˈrā-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of erase

  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 of erase

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


First Known Use: 1605



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