erase

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin erasus, past participle of eradere (to scrape, to abrade), from ex- (out of) + radere (to scrape)

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erase (third-person singular simple present erases, present participle erasing, simple past and past participle erased)

  1. (transitive) to remove markings or information
    I erased that note because it was wrong.
  2. (transitive) To obliterate information from (a storage medium), such as to clear or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize.
    I'm going to erase this tape.
  3. (transitive) To obliterate (information) from a storage medium, such as to clear or to overwrite.
    I'm going to erase those files.
  4. (transitive, baseball) To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play
    Jones was erased by a 6-4-3 double play.
  5. (intransitive) To be erased (have markings removed, have information removed, or be cleared of information).
    The chalkboard erased easily.
    Her painful memories seemingly erased completely.
    The files will erase quickly.
  6. (transitive) To disregard (a group, an orientation, etc.); to prevent from having an active role in society.
    • 1998, Janice Lynn Ristock, ‎Catherine Taylor, Inside the academy and out
      I suggest, then, that counterdiscourses, when reductive, tend to emulate the screen discourse that erases gay sociality.
    • 2011, Qwo-Li Driskill, Queer Indigenous Studies (page 40)
      Silence around Native sexuality benefits the colonizers and erases queer Native people from their communities.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

erase

  1. third-person singular past historic of eradere

erase f

  1. Plural of eraso

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

ērāse

  1. vocative masculine singular of ērāsus