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"erase" in British English

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eraseverb [T]

uk   /ɪˈreɪz/  us   /-ˈreɪs/
  • erase verb [T] (MARK)

B2 mainly US (UK usually rub out) to ​remove something, ​especially a ​pencilmark by ​rubbing it: It's in ​pencil so you can just erase anything that's ​wrong.
  • erase verb [T] (SOMETHING PAST)

to ​cause a ​feeling, ​memory, or ​period of ​time to be ​completelyforgotten: He is ​determined to erase the memory of a ​disappointingdebut two ​years ago. Woods ​wants a ​convincingvictory 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 ​politicalprocess. literary to ​remove or ​destroy something, ​especially something that ​shows that that ​person or thing ​everexisted or ​happened: The ​president said ​NATOexpansion would ​finally erase the ​boundaryline in ​Europeartificiallycreated by the Cold War. Years of hard ​living had ​blurred but not erased her ​girlhoodbeauty. He was a man of ​mystery - erased from the ​historybooks.
erasure
noun [C or U] uk   /ɪˈreɪ.ʒər/  us   /-ʒɚ/
the ​act of erasing something: the ​nuclear erasure of ​entirepopulations the erasure of ​police audiotapes
(Definition of erase from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"erase" in American English

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eraseverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈreɪs/
  • erase verb [T] (DESTROY)

to ​destroy or ​remove something ​completely: A subdirectory ​filled with ​preciousdata can be erased if you are not ​careful.
  • erase verb [T] (RUB AWAY)

to ​remove something written or a ​mark by ​rubbing: I ​keptchanging my ​mind and erasing my ​answers on the ​test.
(Definition of erase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"erase" in Business English

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eraseverb [T]

uk   /ɪˈreɪz/  us   /ɪˈreɪs/
to ​cancel the ​effect of an ​increase or ​fall in something such as an ​amount of ​debt, the ​price of ​shares, etc.: erase a deficit/debt/loss To erase the ​budgetdeficit through ​cuts alone would ​mean extreme ​measures such as ​shutting prisons and college ​campuses. erase a ​profit/​gain
to ​removeinformation or ​data from the ​place where it was ​stored: erase sth from sth Fraudulent ​accounts had been erased from the ​records. All ​personaldata is securely erased in ​accordance with our ​dataprotectionpolicy.
(Definition of erase from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “erase”
in Korean 지우다…
in Arabic يَمحو…
in Malaysian padam…
in French effacer…
in Russian стирать, уничтожать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 痕跡, 抹去,擦掉(尤指鉛筆字跡)…
in Italian cancellare…
in Turkish (söz, müzik, resim vb.) silmek…
in Polish wymazać, usuwać, kasować…
in Spanish borrar…
in Vietnamese tẩy xoá…
in Portuguese apagar…
in Thai ลบ…
in German ausradieren…
in Catalan esborrar…
in Japanese ~を消す…
in Chinese (Simplified) 痕迹, 抹去,擦掉(尤指铅笔字迹)…
in Indonesian menghapus…
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