• (RP) enPR: ĭ-rāzʹ, IPA: /ɪˈɹeɪz/
  • (America) enPR: ĭ-rāsʹ, IPA: /ɪˈɹeɪs/

erase (erases, present participle erasing; past and past participle erased)

  1. (transitive) to remove markings or information
    I erased that note because it was wrong.
  2. (transitive) To obliterate information from (a storage medium), such as to clear or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize.
    I'm going to erase this tape.
  3. (transitive) To obliterate (information) from a storage medium, such as to clear or to overwrite.
    I'm going to erase those files.
  4. (transitive, baseball) To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play
    Jones was erased by a 6-4-3 double play.
  5. (intransitive) To be erased have markings removed, have information removed or be cleared of information.
    The chalkboard erased easily.
    The files will erase quickly.
  6. (transitive) To disregard (a group, an orientation, etc.); to prevent from having an active role in society.
    • 1998, Janice Lynn Ristock, Catherine Taylor, Inside the academy and out
      I suggest, then, that counterdiscourses, when reductive, tend to emulate the screen discourse that erases gay sociality.
    • 2004, Daniel Lefkowitz, Words and Stones (page 209)
      As a result, Palestinians are hyperpresent in Israeli media, while Mizrahim are erased from public discourse.
    • 2011, Qwo-Li Driskill, Queer Indigenous Studies (page 40)
      Silence around Native sexuality benefits the colonizers and erases queer Native people from their communities.
  7. (transitive, slang) To kill; assassinate.
  • (remove markings or information) record
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erase (plural erases)

  1. (computing) The operation of deleting data.
    • 2000, Mark D. Hill, ‎Norman P. Jouppi, ‎Gurindar S. Sohi, Readings in Computer Architecture (page 603)
      This subsystem is waiting to become Exclusive after having issued an erase.

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