Definition of eradicate
1 : to pull up by the roots
2 : to do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots programs to eradicate illiteracy
eradicableplay \i-ˈra-di-kə-bəl\ adjective
eradicationplay \i-ˌra-də-ˈkā-shən\ noun
eradicatorplay \i-ˈra-di-ˌkā-tər\ noun
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Examples of eradicate in a Sentence
The disease has now been completely eradicated.
His ambition is to eradicate poverty in his community.
Recent Examples of eradicate from the Web
In one devastated subdivision, 40 homes were eradicated with no traces of large debris.
The Handmaid's Tale' Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel is about a young woman forced into sex slavery by the new ultra-religious military dictatorship that has overthrown the U.S. government and eradicated women's rights.
Sadly, boxwood blight cannot be completely eradicated from a landscape with fungicides, but fungicides that contain chlorothalonil or tebuconazole can be used to protect existing plants.
The longstanding quest to eradicate polio is attracting a new injection of funds from donors around the world, as health leaders grapple with obstacles from ridding conflict areas of the virus to a shortage of vaccine.
Invasive predators have been eradicated on 117 of the country’s offshore islands, and the country develops traps and bait systems used around the world.
In her campaign manifesto, Rwigara vows to eradicate poverty, champion free speech and set up a commission of inquiry to look into past injustices.
On Tuesday, vector control workers were sent to campus to eradicate the rodents.
The Body Shop has partnered with Cruelty Free International on an anti-animal testing campaign which aims to eradicate animal testing practices across the world.
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The Root of eradicate is, Literally, Root
Given that eradicate first meant "to pull up by the roots," it's not surprising that the root of eradicate is, in fact, "root." Eradicate, which first turned up in English in the 16th century, comes from eradicatus, the past participle of the Latin verb eradicare. Eradicare, in turn, can be traced back to the Latin word radix, meaning "root" or "radish." Although eradicate began life as a word for literal uprooting, by the mid-17th century it had developed a metaphorical application to removing things the way one might yank an undesirable weed up by the roots. Other descendants of radix in English include radical and radish. Even the word root itself is related; it comes from the same ancient word that gave Latin radix.
Synonym Discussion of eradicate
ERADICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eradicate for English Language Learners
: to remove (something) completely : to eliminate or destroy (something harmful)
ERADICATE Defined for Kids
Definition of eradicate for Students
: to destroy completely The disease has been eradicated.
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