verb ex·punge \ik-ˈspənj\

: to remove (something) completely


Full Definition of EXPUNGE

transitive verb
:  to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion
:  to efface completely :  destroy
:  to eliminate (as a memory) from one's consciousness
ex·pung·er noun

Examples of EXPUNGE

  1. <time and the weather have expunged any evidence that a thriving community once existed here>

Origin of EXPUNGE

Latin expungere to mark for deletion by dots, from ex- + pungere to prick — more at pungent
First Known Use: 1602


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