e·rase / iˈrās/ • v. [tr.] rub out or remove (writing or marks): graffiti had been erased from the wall. ∎ destroy or obliterate (someone or something) so as to leave no trace: over twenty years, the last vestiges of a rural economy were erased. ∎ remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or medium); delete (data) from a computer's memory.DERIVATIVES: e·ras·a·ble / -əbəl/ adj.e·ra·sure / iˈrāshər/ n.