Definition of eradicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈradɪkeɪt/


[with object]
Destroy completely; put an end to: this disease has been eradicated from the world
More example sentences
  • It eradicates cowardice, destroys doubt, fills you with vitality, lets you do the impossible…
  • By the end of next month we will have succeeded in eradicating the illiteracy of 1,300,000 Venezuelans.
  • Who still wants to listen to Indonesia's argument that it does not need any assistance in eradicating terrorism or its roots here?
get rid of, eliminate, do away with, remove, suppress;
exterminate, destroy, annihilate, extirpate, obliterate, kill, wipe out, liquidate, decimate, finish off;
abolish, stamp out, extinguish, quash, wipe off the face of the earth, wipe off the map;
erase, efface, excise, expunge;
root out, uproot, weed out
informal zap
rare deracinate



Pronunciation: /ɪˈradɪkəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • ‘These results suggest that racism may be a volatile and eradicable construct that persists only so long as it is actively maintained through being linked to parallel systems of social alliance,’ the scientists concluded.
  • It's high time the city is cleared of eradicable allergens like Parthenium which triggers asthmatic attacks, he adds.
  • With concerted action with the tools available today, it is potentially eradicable, says ANURADHA KHATI RAJIVAN.


Example sentences
  • A significant characteristic of eradicants is their ability to penetrate plant tissues, most being systemic.
  • Use of Ridomil in this manner (as an eradicant) will probably lead to a rapid buildup of Ridomil-resistant strains of the downy mildew fungus in your vineyard.
  • Their application at GS31-32 is partly aimed at disease control, (and in Consort and Riband type varieties it is important that a good triazole is included in the spray to give good eradicant activity against Septoria tritici).


Example sentences
  • Farmers reportedly lay down in front of the tractors, saying they would rather be killed than give up their crop, and a hail of gunfire could be heard coming from the fields where crowds had converged on the eradicators.
  • it pays to note that high-test gasoline, calcium cyanide and DDT were three of the best bedbug eradicators.
  • Trade, on the other hand, has always been ‘the extinguisher of war, the eradicator of prejudice, the diffuser of knowledge’.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'pull up by the roots'): from Latin eradicat- 'torn up by the roots', from the verb eradicare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + radix, radic- 'root'.

  • root from Old English:

    This is an Old English word related to Latin radix ( see radical) and wort, which is used in the names of plants such as St John's wort. Root and branch, used to emphasize how thoroughly something is dealt with, goes back to the biblical book of Malachi: ‘The day cometh that shall burn them up…that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.’ See also money. Root used of an animal turning up the ground with its snout in search of food is a completely different word, that may ultimately be linked to Latin rodere ‘gnaw’ ( see rodent). Someone backing a candidate for a post may be said to be rooting for them—perhaps with the idea of trying to dig up further support through their efforts.

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