erase

When you erase something, you eliminate or delete it, often by physically wiping it out. It's easy to erase chalk from a blackboard, but not so easy to erase graffiti from the side of a building.

There are several ways to erase: you can erase a pencil mark with an eraser; you can digitally erase information on your computer or recording device; and you can figuratively erase something by removing all evidence of it. Peaceful people hope to erase war from the earth, for example — to take away every last trace of it. The Latin root eradere means "scrape out."

Definitions of erase
1

v remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

“Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!”
Synonyms:
efface, rub out, score out, wipe off
Types:
sponge
erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
cut out, scratch out
strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out
Type of:
cancel, delete
remove or make invisible

v wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information

“Who erased the files form my hard disk?”
Synonyms:
delete
Antonyms:
record, tape
register electronically
Types:
demagnetise, demagnetize
erase (a magnetic storage device)
Type of:
take away, take out
take out or remove

v remove from memory or existence

“The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915”
Synonyms:
wipe out
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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