Definition of erase
1a : to rub or scrape out (something, such as written, painted, or engraved letters) erase an errorb : to remove written or drawn marks from erase a blackboardc : to remove (recorded matter) from a magnetic medium; also : to remove recorded matter from erase a videotaped : to delete from a computer storage device erase a file
2a : to remove from existence or memory as if by erasingb : to nullify the effect or force of
: to yield to erasure
erasabilityplay \i-ˌrā-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
erasableplay \i-ˈrā-sə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of erase in a sentence
The recording can be erased and the tape used again.
Several important files were accidentally erased.
You can erase the tape and use it again.
She erased the wrong answer from her paper and filled in the correct one.
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 English Language Learners
Definition of erase for English Language Learners
: 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)
ERASE Defined for Kids
Definition of erase for Students
1 : to cause to disappear by rubbing or scraping erase a chalk mark
2 : to remove marks from erase a chalkboard
3 : to remove recorded matter from erase a CD
Legal Definition of erase
: to seal and protect (criminal records) from disclosure
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