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English definition of “exterminate”

exterminate

verb [T]     /ɪkˈstɜː.mɪ.neɪt/ US  /-ˈstɝː-/
to kill all the animals or people in a particular place or of a particular type : Once cockroaches get into a building , it's very difficult to exterminate them. Millions of Jewish people were exterminated in concentration camps in the Second World War .KillingMurder and attempted murder extermination     /ɪkˌstɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌstɝː-/ noun [U] International measures have been taken to prevent the extermination of the whale (= all of them being killed ).KillingMurder and attempted murder exterminator     /-neɪ.tər/ US  /-neɪ.t̬ɚ/ noun [C] KillingMurder and attempted murder
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