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tr.v. ex·tir·pat·ed, ex·tir·pat·ing, ex·tir·pates
a. To destroy totally; kill off: an effort to reintroduce wildlife that had been extirpated from the region.
b. To render absent or nonexistent: "No society ... is devoid of ... religion, even those ... which have made deliberate attempts to extirpate it" (Roy A. Rappaport). See Synonyms at eliminate.
2. To pull up by the roots.
3. To remove by surgery.
[Latin exstirpāre, exstirpāt- : ex-, ex- + stirps, root.]
1. to remove or destroy completely
2. (Horticulture) to pull up or out; uproot
3. (Surgery) to remove (an organ or part) surgically
[C16: from Latin exstirpāre to root out, from stirps root, stock]
ex•tir•pate(ˈɛk stərˌpeɪt, ɪkˈstɜr peɪt)
v.t. -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
1. to remove or destroy totally; exterminate.
2. to pull up by or as if by the roots.
[1530–40; < Latin ex(s)tirpātus, past participle of ex(s)tirpāre to dig up by the roots =ex- ex-1 + -stirpāre, derivative of stirps root, stump]
Past participle: extirpated
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|Verb||1.||extirpate - destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"|
|2.||extirpate - pull up by or as if by the roots; "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"|
stub - pull up (weeds) by their roots
|3.||extirpate - surgically remove (an organ)|
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"