erase

verb

i-ˈrās How to pronounce erase (audio)
 British  -ˈrāz
erased; erasing; erases

transitive verb

1
a
: 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 (such as magnetic tape)
also : to remove recorded matter from
erase a hard drive
d
: to delete from computer storage
erase a file
2
a
: to remove from existence or memory as if by erasing
b
: to nullify the effect or force of

intransitive verb

: to yield to erasure
erasability noun
erasable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web No amount of buzzwords or fuzzy talk erases that reality. Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2024 The latest attempt to chip away at the amount owed for education means President Joe Biden has now erased a grand total of $153 billion in debt, impacting 4.3 million people. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Related article What happens when history is erased? Leda Joy Abkenari, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The proposal would reset their balances back to the initial balance by erasing up to $10,000 or $20,000 in interest, depending on a borrower's income. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 7 Apr. 2024 Indeed, over the last two weeks, Yamamoto has erased much of that initial doubt. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Mikala Compton / American-Statesman via AP, Pool file But by May 17, when that warrant was issued, Armstrong’s social media had been erased, the warrant says. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately for Miami, Philadelphia had the last meaningful run of the night, that 13-0 spurt that erased an eight-point Heat lead and put the 76ers ahead 107-102 with less than a minute remaining. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 On Tuesday, Marsh erased any lingering doubts against the Baltimore Orioles. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of erase was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Erase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erase. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

erase

verb
erased; erasing
1
a
: to rub out (as something written)
b
: to remove written or drawn marks from
erase a chalkboard
c
: to remove recorded matter from
erase a videotape
d
: to delete from a computer storage device
erase a file
2
: to remove as if by erasing
erase an event from one's memory
erasability noun
erasable adjective

Legal Definition

erase

transitive verb
erased; erasing
: to seal and protect (criminal records) from disclosure

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