exterminate

  • 1 Exterminate — Ex*ter mi*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exterminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exterminating}.] [L. exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See {Term}.] 1. To drive out or away; to expel …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 exterminate — exterminate, extirpate, eradicate, uproot, deracinate, wipe are comparable when they mean to effect the destruction or abolition of something. Exterminate implies utter extinction; it therefore usually implies a killing off {efforts to… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 exterminate — [ek stʉr′mə nāt΄, ikstʉr′mə nāt΄] vt. exterminated, exterminating [< L exterminatus, pp. of exterminare, lit., to drive beyond the boundaries, hence drive out, destroy < ex , out + terminus, boundary: see TERM1] to destroy or get rid of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 exterminate — index abate (extinguish), abolish, annul, cancel, destroy (efface), dispatch (put to death) …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 exterminate — (v.) 1540s, drive away, from L. exterminatus, pp. of exterminare drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries, also, in L.L. destroy, from phrase ex termine beyond the boundary, from ex out of (see EX (Cf. ex )) + termine, abl. of termen boundary,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 exterminate — [v] kill abolish, annihilate, blot out*, decimate, destroy, do away with*, eliminate, eradicate, erase, execute, extinguish, extirpate, finish off, massacre, obliterate, put an end to*, rub out*, send to kingdom come*, slaughter, stamp out*, wipe …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 exterminate — ► VERB ▪ destroy completely; eradicate. DERIVATIVES extermination noun exterminator noun exterminatory adjective. ORIGIN originally in the sense «drive out»: from Latin exterminare, from terminus boundary …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 exterminate — transitive verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare, from ex + terminus boundary more at term Date: 1591 to get rid of completely usually by killing off < exterminate termites and cockroaches > •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 exterminate — exterminable /ik sterr meuh neuh beuhl/, adj. extermination, n. /ik sterr meuh nayt /, v.t., exterminated, exterminating. to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate: to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects. [1535 45; < L… …

    Universalium

  • 10 exterminate — verb /ikˈstɜrmɪˌneɪt/ a) To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests. Well use poison to exterminate the rats. b) To bring a definite end to, finish completely. A rather strong word that implies that what has… …

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  • 11 exterminate — [[t]ɪkstɜ͟ː(r)mɪneɪt[/t]] exterminates, exterminating, exterminated VERB To exterminate a group of people or animals means to kill all of them. [V n] A huge effort was made to exterminate the rats... [V n] They have a real fear that they ll be… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 exterminate — UK [ɪkˈstɜː(r)mɪneɪt] / US [ɪkˈstɜrmɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms exterminate : present tense I/you/we/they exterminate he/she/it exterminates present participle exterminating past tense exterminated past participle exterminated a) to kill …

    English dictionary

  • 13 exterminate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. abolish, destroy, annihilate; extirpate, eradicate, root out. See destruction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. annihilate, eradicate, abolish, extirpate, destroy, wipe out, slaughter, kill off; see also… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 exterminate — ex|ter|mi|nate [ıkˈstə:mıneıt US ə:r ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of exterminare to drive out , from terminus edge ] to kill large numbers of people or animals of a particular type so that they no longer exist ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 exterminate — verb they were hired to exterminate the carpenter ants Syn: kill, put to death, take/end the life of, dispatch; slaughter, butcher, massacre, wipe out, eliminate, eradicate, annihilate; murder, assassinate, execute, slay; informal do away with,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 exterminate — ex•ter•mi•nate [[t]ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪt[/t]] v. t. nat•ed, nat•ing to get rid of by destroying: to exterminate insect pests[/ex] • Etymology: 1535–45; < L exterminātus ex•ter mi•na′tion, n. ex•ter′mi•na tor, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 exterminate — Synonyms and related words: abate, abolish, annihilate, bereave of life, blot out, bump off, butcher, carry away, carry off, cast off, chloroform, cut down, cut off, cut out, deprive of life, deracinate, destroy, dispatch, dispel, dispose of, do… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 exterminate — ex|ter|mi|nate [ ık stɜrmı,neıt ] verb transitive to kill all the insects or animals of a particular type in an area a. to kill a person or a group of people ╾ ex|ter|mi|na|tion [ ık,stɜrmı neıʃn ] noun count or uncount ╾ ex|ter|mi|na|tor noun… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 exterminate — ex·ter·mi·nate || ɪk stɜːmɪneɪt v. eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, destroy …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 exterminate — [ɪk stə:mɪneɪt, ɛk ] verb destroy completely; eradicate. Derivatives extermination noun exterminator noun exterminatory nət(ə)ri adjective Origin ME (in the sense drive out ): from L. exterminat , extermi …

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