E·rad·i·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eradicated p. pr. & vb. n. Eradicating ]
1. To pluck up by the roots; to root up; as, an oak tree eradicated.
2. To root out; to destroy utterly; to extirpate; as, to eradicate diseases, or errors.
This, although now an old an inveterate evil, might be eradicated by vigorous treatment. --Southey.
Syn: -- To extirpate; root out; exterminate; destroy; annihilate.
v 1: kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire
population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, extinguish,
wipe out, decimate, carry off]
2: destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges
of political democracy were soon uprooted" [syn: uproot,