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erase

verb [T] (SOMETHING PAST)    /ɪˈreɪz/ US  /-ˈreɪs/
to cause a feeling or memory , or a time to be completely forgotten : He is determined to erase the memory of a disappointing debut two years ago. Woods wants a convincing victory to erase doubts about his team's ability to reach the World Cup finals . One election cannot erase 65 years of a corrupt one-party political process .Forgetting and forgetfulness literary to remove or destroy someone or something, or anything showing that that person or thing ever existed or happened : The president said NATO expansion would finally erase the boundary line in Europe artificially created by the Cold War . Years of hard living had blurred but not erased her girlhood beauty . He was a man of mystery - erased from the history books .Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere erasure     /ɪˈreɪ.ʒər/ US  /-ʒɚ/ noun [C or U] the act of erasing something: the nuclear erasure of entire populations the erasure of police audiotapesRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
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