Definitions of erase

  1. To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; to efface; to expunge; to cross out; as, to erase a word or a name. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To rub or scrape out; blot or cross out; to efface. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To rub or scrape out: to efface: to destroy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To scrape out; efface. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To obliterate, as by scraping out; efface. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. remove from memory or existence; "The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To rub or scrape out; to efface; to hlot out; to destroy to the foundation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To scrape or rub out; to obliterate; to expunge; to blot out or deface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. ERASER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for erase

  1. It was one of the duties of the Censors, when revising the lists of Equites and Senators, to erase the names of those whom they considered unworthy of the rank, and this without giving any reason for it. – Plutarch's Lives, Volume II by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  2. Mr. Johnson was himself exceedingly disposed to the general indulgence of children, and was even scrupulously and ceremoniously attentive not to offend them; he had strongly persuaded himself of the difficulty people always find to erase early impressions either of kindness or resentment, and said " he should never have so loved his mother when a man had she not given him coffee she could ill afford, to gratify his appetite when a boy." – Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. during the last twenty years of his life by Hesther Lynch Piozzi