Pronunciation: (ek'stur-pāt", ik-stûr'pāt), [key]
—v.t., -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
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