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Examples of extirpate in a Sentence
the triumph of modern medicine in extirpating certain diseases
Recent Examples of extirpate from the Web
Wolves are native to Wisconsin but were considered extirpated by the middle 20th century due to unregulated hunting, poisoning and bounties.
So in 2008, when biologists found that the first wolves had returned to Washington since the animals were extirpated there in the 1930s, officials pledged to learn from other states’ mistakes.
Wild turkeys are native to Wisconsin but were extirpated by unregulated hunting in the 1800s.
The bird is considered extirpated, or nearly extinct, in the Garden State.
But others, like London’s mayor, intend to extirpate them by whatever means necessary.
The researchers begin by extirpating some common myths.
Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas and catamounts, were native to Wisconsin but were extirpated through unregulated hunting in the 1800s.
Today, the lark has been extirpated from 90 percent of its native range, living only in South Puget Sound, dredge disposal sites in the lower Columbia River and in the Willamette Valley.
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Dig Out the History of extirpate
If we do a little digging, we discover that extirpate finds its roots in, well, roots (and stumps). Early English uses of the word in the 16th century carried the meaning of "to clear of stumps" or "to pull something up by the root." Extirpate grew out of a combination of the Latin prefix ex- and the Latin noun stirps, meaning "trunk" or "root." The word stirp itself remains rooted in our own language as a term meaning "a line descending from a common ancestor."
abolish, annihilate, black out, blot out, cancel, clean (up), efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, liquidate, obliterate, root (out), rub out, snuff (out), stamp (out), sweep (away), wipe out;
Synonym Discussion of extirpate
- exterminate cockroaches
- many species have been extirpated from the area
- a campaign to eradicate illiteracy
- the war uprooted thousands
EXTIRPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extirpate for English Language Learners
: to destroy or remove (something) completely
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