exterminate


ex·ter·mi·nate

transitive verb \ik-ˈstər-mə-ˌnāt\

: to destroy or kill (a group of animals, people, etc.) completely

ex·ter·mi·nat·edex·ter·mi·nat·ing

Full Definition of EXTERMINATE

:  to get rid of completely usually by killing off <exterminate termites and cockroaches>
ex·ter·mi·na·tion \-ˌstər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
ex·ter·mi·na·tor \-ˈstər-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of EXTERMINATE

  1. We made arrangements to have the termites exterminated.
  2. The invaders nearly exterminated the native people.

Origin of EXTERMINATE

Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare, from ex- + terminus boundary — more at term
First Known Use: 1591

Synonym Discussion of EXTERMINATE

exterminate, extirpate, eradicate, uproot mean to effect the destruction or abolition of something. exterminate implies complete and immediate extinction by killing off all individuals <exterminate cockroaches>. extirpate implies extinction of a race, family, species, or sometimes an idea or doctrine by destruction or removal of its means of propagation <many species have been extirpated from the area>. eradicate implies the driving out or elimination of something that has established itself <a campaign to eradicate illiteracy>. uproot implies a forcible or violent removal and stresses displacement or dislodgment rather than immediate destruction <the war uprooted thousands>.

Rhymes with EXTERMINATE

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