AskDefine | Define expunge

Dictionary Definition

expunge v : remove by erasing or crossing out; "Please strike this remark from the record" [syn: strike, excise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin expungere


  1. To erase or strike out.
  2. To eliminate completely; annihilate.
  3. (computing) To completely erase a file, document or directory from a computer system.

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