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Another word for erase

  1. To remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean

      1. To cease to occupy (a lodging or place); leave:
      2. To cease to hold (a job or position):
      3. To make void or annul (an erroneous lower court decision):
      1. The 24th letter of the modern English alphabet.
      2. Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter x.
      3. The 24th in a series.
      1. To subject to light rubbing or friction, as with a cloth or paper, in order to clean or dry.
      2. To clean or dry by rubbing:
      3. To rub, move, or pass (a cloth, for example) over a surface.
      1. To reverse or erase; annul:
      2. To untie, disassemble, or loosen:
      3. To open (a parcel, for example); unwrap.
      1. To hit sharply, as with a hand, fist, weapon, or implement:
      2. To inflict (a blow).
      3. To penetrate or pierce:
      1. To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument.
      2. To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at.
      3. To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching.
      1. To apply pressure and friction to (a surface).
      2. To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction.
      3. To apply to a surface firmly and with friction:
      1. To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace.
      2. To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over:
      3. To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
      1. To erase, delete, or strike out:
      2. To eliminate completely; wipe out:
      1. To rub or wipe out; erase:
      2. To remove or make indistinct:
      3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously:
      1. To cancel, strike out, or make impossible to be perceived:
      2. To remove from a document or record:
      3. To remove (a file, for example) from a hard drive or other storage medium.
      1. An upright post with a transverse piece near the top, on which condemned persons were executed in ancient times.
      2. The cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
      3. A crucifix.
      1. To annul or invalidate:
      2. To decide or announce that (a planned or scheduled event) will not take place, especially with no intention of holding it at a later time:
      3. To cross out with lines or other markings.
      1. A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance:
      2. An association of disgrace with one's character or reputation.
      3. The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
      1. To make or declare void or invalid, as a marriage or a law; nullify.
      2. To bring to an end the effect or existence of; cancel out:
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  2. To destroy all traces of

Another word for erase

  1. To rub or wipe out

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  2. *To kill

      1. To relegate to a specific destination or send on specific business.
      2. To complete, transact, or dispose of promptly:
      3. To eat up (food); finish off (a dish or meal).
      1. To kill violently.
      2. To overwhelm, as with laughter or love:
      1. The killing of another person without justification or excuse, especially the crime of killing a person with malice aforethought or with recklessness manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
      2. An instance of such killing.
      3. Something that is very uncomfortable, difficult, or hazardous:
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Synonym Study

  • Delete implies the marking of written or printed matter for removal, or the removal of the matter itself
  • Obliterate implies a thorough blotting out of something so that all visible traces of it are removed
  • Efface implies a rubbing out from a surface, and, in extended use, suggests a destroying of the distinguishing marks, or even of the very existence, of something
  • To expunge is to remove or wipe out completely
  • Erase implies a scraping or rubbing out of something written or drawn, or figuratively, the removal of an impression