erase - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleerasing
past tenseerased
past participleerased
  1. 1
    to remove all the information stored on a computer disk, or all the sound or pictures recorded on a tape

    The virus erases all the files stored on your hard drive.

    1. a.
      mainly American to remove writing, drawing, or marks made by a pencil or pen by rubbing it off with a rubber. A more usual British word is rub out.
  2. 2
    to get rid of an unpleasant memory, feeling, or thought

    A successful campaign would erase doubts about his suitability for the job.

    1. a.
      to destroy something completely

      They tried to erase all evidence of his existence.