V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to completely destroy or get rid of something; 2. to surgically remove something; 3. to pull out by the roots
Synonyms: destroy, eradicate, exterminate, obliterate, annihilate, uproot
Antonyms: foster, keep
Tips: Extirpate is a more formal way to say "destroy or remove." See usage examples.
The surgeon extirpated the tumor, but I'll still have to go in for chemotherapy. (destroyed, eradicated)
The weeds have to be extirpated, or they'll just come back. (uprooted)
I hope the medication will extirpate the disease. (eradicate, destroy)
The termites will have to be extirpated before they cause further damage. (exterminated, destroyed)
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