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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of eradere, from radere 'to rub roughly, scrape'

erase

verb
     
eā€§rase S3 [transitive]
1TDTD to remove information from a computer memory or recorded sounds from a tape:
The computer crashed, and all our records were erased.
2 to remove writing from paper:
Some of the names had been accidentally erased.
3 to get rid of something so that it has gone completely and no longer exists:
Their dream is to erase poverty and injustice from the world.
erase something from your mind/memory
He couldn't erase the image from his mind.
She had tried to erase the memory of that day.
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