verb de·lete \di-ˈlēt, dē-\

: to remove (something, such as words, pictures, or computer files) from a document, recording, computer, etc.


Full Definition of DELETE

transitive verb
:  to eliminate especially by blotting out, cutting out, or erasing <delete a passage in a manuscript> <delete a computer file>

Examples of DELETE

  1. Delete this name from the list.
  2. When the movie was shown on TV all the swearwords had been deleted.

Origin of DELETE

Latin deletus, past participle of delēre to wipe out, destroy
First Known Use: circa 1605
DELETED Defined for Kids


verb de·lete \di-ˈlēt\

Definition of DELETE for Kids

:  to take out especially by erasing, crossing out, or cutting <delete a sentence> <delete a computer file>


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