wipe out

To wipe out is to completely deplete or use up. If you wipe out your grandmother's entire batch of brownies, it means that you eat every single last one of them.

You might wipe out your life's savings gambling in Las Vegas, or — more positively — wipe out your credit card debt by paying a little each month for a year. In either case, you've erased or eliminated something. Sometimes wipe out is used to describe a truly terrible event, as when a disease wipes out a country's population of songbirds.

Definitions of wipe out
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v use up (resources or materials)

Synonyms:
consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up
occupy, take, use up
require (time or space)
Types:
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run out
exhaust the supply of
drain
deplete of resources
indulge, luxuriate
enjoy to excess
burn, burn off, burn up
use up (energy)
spend
spend completely
exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
deplete
surfeit
indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
overspend
spend more than available of (a budget)
underspend
spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

v eliminate completely and without a trace

“The old values have been wiped out
Synonyms:
sweep away
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

v mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

Synonyms:
kill, obliterate
Type of:
take away, take out
take out or remove

v remove from memory or existence

Synonyms:
erase
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

v wipe out the effect of something

Synonyms:
cancel out
Type of:
do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out

v kill in large numbers

“the plague wiped out an entire population”
Synonyms:
annihilate, carry off, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish
decimate
kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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