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
Besides the cash payments, the deal also calls for expunging their criminal records free of charge.
Once these are expunged, a fortunate 700,000 of these folks nationwide who have no other negatives in their files should see their FICO scores soar by 40 points or more.
The misdemeanor conviction had been dismissed in 1997, and the case was expunged.
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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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