from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To get rid of by destroying completely; extirpate. See Synonyms at abolish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests.
- v. (transitive) To bring a definite end to, finish completely. A rather strong word that implies that what has been ended won't resurface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To drive out or away; to expel.
- transitive v. To destroy utterly; to cut off; to extirpate; to annihilate; to root out
- transitive v. To eliminate, as unknown quantities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive beyond the limits or borders; drive away; expel.
- To bring to an end; destroy utterly; root out; extirpate.
- In algebra, to take away; eliminate: as, to exterminate surds or unknown quantities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many
- v. destroy completely, as if down to the roots
Latin extermināre, extermināt-, to drive out : ex-, ex- + termināre, to mark boundaries (from terminus, boundary marker).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare, itself from ex- + terminare ("to end") (from terminus ("limit, end")). (Wiktionary)