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verb [transitive]     exterminate pronunciation in American English
/ɪkˈstɜrmɪˌneɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexterminate
he/she/itexterminates
present participleexterminating
past tenseexterminated
past participleexterminated
  1. to kill all the insects or animals of a particular type in an area
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extermination

     extermination pronunciation in American English
/ɪkˌstɜrmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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singularextermination
pluralexterminations

exterminator

noun [countable]
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singularexterminator
pluralexterminators

We hired an exterminator to get rid of the termites in the basement.

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