Etymology
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erase (v.)

c. 1600, from Latin erasus, past participle of eradere "scrape out, scrape off, shave; abolish, remove," from assimilated form of ex "out" (see ex-) + radere "to scrape" (see raze (v.)). Of magnetic tape, from 1945. Related: Erased; erasing.

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Definitions of erase

erase (v.)
remove from memory or existence;
The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915
Synonyms: wipe out
erase (v.)
remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing;
Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!
Synonyms: rub out / score out / efface / wipe off
erase (v.)
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information;
Who erased the files from my hard disk?
Synonyms: delete
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