Definition of expunge
1 : to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion
2 : to efface completely : destroy
3 : to eliminate from one's consciousness expunge a memory
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Examples of expunge in a Sentence
time and the weather have expunged any evidence that a thriving community once existed here
Recent Examples of expunge from the Web
But a Cuyahoga County judge expunged Jones' conviction in 2015, restoring his eligibility.
Tapp's murder conviction would stand, but the rape conviction would be expunged and there would be no probation. John Thomas:
After having long insisted that Byrd was guilty despite the doubts of a prison judge and investigator, department officials will now expunge the discipline from Byrd’s record as if the case never happened.
Prosecutors agreed to a diversion program and his charges were expunged.
Both Arnold, who now lives in Tucson, Ariz., and Walton-Jenkins will have the opportunity to expunge the convictions from their records in two years.
While mice with an intact sense of smell grow obese on a steady diet of high-fat chow, their littermates who have had their sense of smell expunged can eat the same food yet remain trim.
Right before her graduation, Russell helped with that goal, expunging misdemeanors that Bishop had accumulated during her street time.
Also, suspension and expulsion records, with the exception of expulsions related to deadly weapons and/or firearms, are expunged and destroyed after a student graduates.
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Did You Know?
In medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a series of dots was used to mark mistakes or to label material that should be deleted from a text, and those deletion dots can help you remember the history of "expunge." They were known as "puncta delentia." The "puncta" part of the name derives from the Latin verb pungere, which can be translated as "to prick or sting" (and you can imagine that a scribe may have felt stung when his mistakes were so punctuated in a manuscript). "Pungere" is also an ancestor of "expunge," as well as a parent of other dotted, pointed, or stinging terms such as "punctuate," "compunction," "poignant," "puncture," and "pungent."
EXPUNGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expunge for English Language Learners
: to remove (something) completely
Legal Definition of expunge
: to cancel out or destroy completely expunge the court records of an acquitted defendant
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