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.

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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