October 18, 2013
- eradicate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to remove by or as if by uprooting : eliminate, destroy
- How do you use it?
- Smallpox, an often fatal disease that causes fever and then a severe rash, was eradicated by 1980 through the widespread use of a vaccine.
- Are you a word wiz?
Read the definition of "eradicate" one more time. Can you pick the one word below that is a relative of "eradicate"?Did you dig up answer B as correct? To "eradicate" is "to remove by or as if by uprooting." A "radish" also has to do with a root and that is its connection to "eradicate." Both words trace to the Latin "radic-" or "radix," meaning "root." "Eradicate" came into English directly from the Latin "eradicatus," the past participle of "eradicare," a combination of "e-" and "radic-, radix." Thought of as a vegetable, a radish is actually the edible root of a plant. We can trace the word "radish" back through Middle and Old English and then to "radic-, radix," the Latin root for "root."