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Meaning of eradicate

e•rad•i•cate

Pronunciation: (i-rad'i-kāt"), [key]
— -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
  1. to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to eradicate smallpox throughout the world.
  2. to erase by rubbing or by means of a chemical solvent: to eradicate a spot.
  3. to pull up by the roots: to eradicate weeds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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