erase

verb
\ i-ˈrās How to pronounce erase (audio) , British -ˈrāz\
erased; erasing

Definition of erase

transitive verb

1a : to rub or scrape out (something, such 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 computer storage erase a file
2a : to remove from existence or memory as if by erasing
b : to nullify the effect or force of

intransitive verb

: to yield to erasure

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Other Words from erase

erasability \ i-​ˌrā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce erasability (audio) \ noun
erasable \ i-​ˈrā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce erasable (audio) \ 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.
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Photo: philippe wojazer/Reuters Copper erased an early advance after The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. and Chinese officials have remained deadlocked on a number of issues. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Edges Higher as Analysts Weigh Trade Talks," 14 Feb. 2019 Lopez allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers over six solid innings, but the Marlins would erase the damage with a big sixth inning against Mets ace Jacob deGrom that led to a 5-2 victory. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Two debuts, two wins: Marlins’ rally as another encouraging pitching prospect shines," 30 June 2018 Even more questionable is the fact that each of them has entirely erased the other from their Instagram pages. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Did Chase Chrisley and Girlfriend Lindsey Merrick Break Up?," 21 Feb. 2019 There’s my dry-erase calendar, filled with Magic-Markered numbers reporting daily blood counts and smudgy guest registries, most erased and rewritten. Jason Sheeler, Vogue, "How George Michael, A Buddhist Monk, and A Stripper Saved My Life," 14 Feb. 2019 But a pair of free throws and Kristian Sjolund’s 3-pointer from the corner erased that lead in 52 seconds. John Fineran, The Seattle Times, "Gibbs and Harvey key 69-59 Irish victory over Georgia Tech," 10 Feb. 2019 In central California, residents continued to try to make sense of the communities erased by the Camp Fire. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 Prices have risen roughly at the same rate as wages, erasing any gains workers may have hoped to realize via bigger paychecks. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American," 13 July 2018 Viewed coldly in baseball terms, his death left an enormous hole in the rotation, and erased the advantage of having a front-of-the-rotation talent under club-friendly terms through 2021. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of erase

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for erase

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

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erase

verb

English Language Learners 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)

erase

verb
\ i-ˈrās How to pronounce erase (audio) \
erased; erasing

Kids Definition of erase

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

Other Words from erase

eraser \ i-​ˈrā-​sər \ noun
erased; erasing

Legal Definition of erase

: to seal and protect (criminal records) from disclosure

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