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Examples of exterminate in a Sentence
We made arrangements to have the termites exterminated.
The invaders nearly exterminated the native people.
Recent Examples of exterminate from the Web
An arriving officer talked to the man, who had a solicitor's permit from an exterminating company.
These are exterminated so quickly that the task verges on the impossible.
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Originally, to exterminate something was to banish it or drive it away. And it is this meaning that can be found in the Latin origin of "exterminate." "Exterminate" comes from "exterminatus," the past participle of exterminare, meaning "to drive beyond the boundaries." The Latin word exterminare was formed from the prefix ex- ("out of" or "outside") and "terminus" ("boundary"). Not much more than a century after its introduction to English, "exterminate" came to denote destroying or utterly putting an end to something. And that's the use with which the word is usually employed today.
Synonym Discussion of exterminate
EXTERMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exterminate for English Language Learners
: to destroy or kill (a group of animals, people, etc.) completely
EXTERMINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of exterminate for Students
: to get rid of completely : wipe out exterminate cockroaches
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