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eradicate

e·rad·i·cate

eradicate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih rae d keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: eradicated, eradicates, eradicating
definition: to do away with completely; wipe out.
They eradicated the ants from the kitchen.
synonyms:
annihilate, exterminate, wipe out
similar words:
banish, crush, eliminate, extinguish, kill, stamp out
derivations: eradicable (adj.), eradicative (adj.), eradicably (adv.), eradication (n.), eradicator (n.)
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The word eradicate contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
radic, radix Latin root that means root
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).