from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To tear up by the roots.
- transitive v. To get rid of as if by tearing up by the roots: Their goal was to eradicate poverty. See Synonyms at abolish, eliminate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull up by the roots; to uproot.
- v. To completely destroy; to put an end to; to extirpate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pluck up by the roots; to root up.
- transitive v. To root out; to destroy utterly; to extirpate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull up by the roots; destroy at the roots; root out; extirpate: as, to eradicate weeds.
- Hence To destroy thoroughly; remove utterly: as, to eradicate errors or disease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. destroy completely, as if down to the roots
- v. kill in large numbers
Middle English eradicaten, from Latin ērādīcāre, ērādīcāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rādīx, rādīc-, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin eradicatus, past participle of ērādīcō ("uproot"), from e- ("out") + radix ("root"). Also see: radish. (Wiktionary)