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ERASE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does erase mean? 

ERASE (verb)
  The verb ERASE has 3 senses:

1. remove from memory or existence
2. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
3. wipe out magnetically recorded information

  Familiarity information: ERASE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ERASE (verb)


Sense 1erase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove from memory or existence

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

erase; wipe out

Context example:

The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915

Hypernyms (to "erase" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2erase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

rub out; score out; erase; wipe off; efface

Context example:

Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!

Hypernyms (to "erase" is one way to...):

cancel; delete (remove or make invisible)

"Erase" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "erase"):

sponge (erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard)

cut out; scratch out (strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3erase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wipe out magnetically recorded information

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

delete; erase

Hypernyms (to "erase" is one way to...):

take away; take out (take out or remove)

Domain category:

recording; transcription (the act of making a record (especially an audio record))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "erase"):

demagnetise; demagnetize (erase (a magnetic storage device))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

record (register electronically)


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