erased; erasing; erases

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. verb
    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
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    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
  2. verb
    wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
    synonyms: delete
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    record, tape
    register electronically
    demagnetise, demagnetize
    erase (a magnetic storage device)
    type of:
    take away, take out
    take out or remove
  3. verb
    remove from memory or existence
    synonyms: wipe out
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    type of:
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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