Definition of eradicate in US English:



[with object]
  • Destroy completely; put an end to.

    ‘this disease has been eradicated from the world’
    • ‘The decree stipulates that it is mandatory for the government to involve the public in eradicating the disease.’
    • ‘Just as we are close to eradicating polio, can the same be said about eliminating lymphatic filariasis?’
    • ‘We must not undo the excellent work that has ben done in almost eradicating these diseases from our shores.’
    • ‘Amanda has been working to remove processed food from school menus and to eradicate harmful E numbers.’
    • ‘Perennial weeds such as horsetail and bindweed need more attention because the roots should be removed to stand any chance of eradicating them.’
    • ‘The elimination of hunger is thus the first requisite for eradicating poverty.’
    • ‘It is difficult to erase it from the memory of the brain even after eradicating the disease.’
    • ‘We continue to do that and our campaign to eradicate pensioner poverty goes on.’
    • ‘These two steps alone will eradicate a large number of diseases we face today.’
    • ‘Shortly into the crisis there was therefore a balancing act between eradicating the disease and limiting the wider economic damage.’
    • ‘The minister said she also wants to offer support for a program to eradicate illiteracy.’
    • ‘In the light of the recent issues in the game we have to stamp down on this type of activity and eradicate it from our game.’
    • ‘It is extremely difficult to eradicate prejudices so deeply rooted and natural.’
    • ‘I think the majority of farmers overwhelmingly support containing and eradicating the disease.’
    • ‘Treatment is available that eradicates the virus and eliminates or reduces liver inflammation and fibrosis in some patients.’
    • ‘It eradicates cowardice, destroys doubt, fills you with vitality, lets you do the impossible…’
    • ‘However, the main difference between the two countries lies in the resolve of the Scots to eradicate the disease.’
    • ‘Who still wants to listen to Indonesia's argument that it does not need any assistance in eradicating terrorism or its roots here?’
    • ‘By the end of next month we will have succeeded in eradicating the illiteracy of 1,300,000 Venezuelans.’
    • ‘Anyone with an interest in the countryside has a role to play in eradicating the disease: from the livestock farmer to the rambler and mountain biker.’
    get rid of, eliminate, do away with, remove, suppress
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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’.