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Meaning & Definition of Exterminate in English

English

Exterminate

/ɪkstərmənet/

verb

1. Kill en masse

  • Kill on a large scale
  • Kill many
  • "Hitler wanted to exterminate the jews, gypsies, communists, and homosexuals of europe"
    synonym:
  • exterminate
  • ,
  • kill off

2. Destroy completely, as if down to the roots

  • "The vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
    synonym:
  • uproot
  • ,
  • eradicate
  • ,
  • extirpate
  • ,
  • root out
  • ,
  • exterminate

Examples of using

They tried to exterminate my people.
The insecticide promised to exterminate cockroaches.
Insecticides are agricultural chemicals that exterminate insects harmful to plants.