Meaning of “extirpate” in the English Dictionary

"extirpate" in British English

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extirpateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈek.stɜː.peɪt/ us /ˈek.stɚ.peɪt/ formal
extirpation
noun [ U ] uk /ˌek.stɜːˈpeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.stɚˈpeɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • It never attempted to extirpate its rivals. 
  • Our religion is intended to extirpate vices, whereas it screens, nourishes, and incites them. 
  • The only security was in extirpating the power. 
  • When jealousy is once suffered to take root, it is impossible to extirpate it—therefore it is better not to let it gain ground. 

(Definition of “extirpate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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