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exterminate

verb [T] uk   /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.
extermination
noun [U] uk   /ɪkˌstɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌstɝː-/
International measures have been taken to prevent the extermination of the whale (= all of them being killed).
exterminator
noun [C] uk   /-neɪ.tər/ us    /-neɪ.t̬ɚ/
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