\ 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 erase (audio) \ noun
erasable \ i-​ˈrā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce erase (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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Recent Examples on the Web Calvary added a late run in the seventh inning on a double by Ulloa, but Calvary could not rally to erase the seven-run deficit. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Late rallies vault Stoneman Douglas to win over Calvary Christian in national top-10 matchup," 21 Apr. 2021 Russell helped the Wolves erase an eight-point deficit early in the second quarter with 26 first-half points, 6 of 7 from three-point range. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves make just enough stops to pull away from Sacramento 134-120," 20 Apr. 2021 Arkansas used a 17-0 run before halftime to erase its deficit on the way to an 85-68 round victory. Chad Lindskog, The Indianapolis Star, "No. 3 Arkansas sinks teeth into No. 14 Colgate after being on upset alert," 19 Mar. 2021 Walker and Jordan Gilliam scored the first 11 points of the second half to erase a 30-20 deficit and give the Tigers their first lead in nearly 20 minutes. Michael Marot, ajc, "Texas Southern beats Mount St. Mary's 60-52 in NCAA opener," 19 Mar. 2021 Kyle Kuzma scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 12-point deficit, his back-to-back threes midway through the period giving the Lakers the lead for good. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers, who will miss Anthony Davis a little longer, rally to beat Indiana Pacers," 12 Mar. 2021 Iverson Molinar scored eight of his 21 points in the final 3:07 to erase a five-point deficit, and Mississippi State managed to hold off Kentucky in the second-round game. Mark Heim |, al, "Alabama-Mississippi State live stream (3/12): How to watch SEC quarterfinals online, TV time," 12 Mar. 2021 But the Mavericks opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run to erase their 59-52 halftime deficit. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "With Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis in sync, Mavs gain playoff ground with win over Spurs," 11 Mar. 2021 During Saturday’s Sun Belt tournament quarterfinal, that meant knocking down four 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds of regulation to erase an eight-point deficit and force overtime on a buzzer-beater by Caleb Asberry. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "After frenzied finish, Texas State falls in overtime of Sun Belt quarterfinals," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Erase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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)


\ 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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