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Definition of "erase" []

  • To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove (recorded material) from a magnetic tape or other storage medium: erased a file from the diskette. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example): erased the videocassette. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove all traces of. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove or destroy as if by wiping out: had to erase all thoughts of failure from his mind. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "erase" in a sentence
  • "One thing the demolition won't erase is the memories."
  • "No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. (par 2)"
  • "The idea to come up with a way to erase from the board all the Star Trek canon that everyone knows is terrific."