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eliminate

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verb elim·i·nate \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of eliminate

  • : to remove (something that is not wanted or needed) : to get rid of (something)

  • : to defeat and remove (a team, player, etc.) from a competition

Full Definition of eliminate

elim·i·nat·edelim·i·nat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put an end to or get rid of :  remove <eliminate errors> b :  to remove from consideration <eliminate someone as a suspect> c :  to remove from further competition by defeating <the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs>

  3. 2 :  to expel (as waste) from the living body

  4. 3 :  to cause (as an unknown) to disappear by combining two or more mathematical equations

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to expel waste from the living body

elim·i·na·tive play \-ˈli-mə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
elim·i·na·tor play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of eliminate

  1. Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic.

  2. The body naturally eliminates waste products.

  3. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year.

  4. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.



Origin of eliminate

Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e- + limin-, limen threshold


First Known Use: 1568

Rhymes with eliminate

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ELIMINATE Defined for Kids

eliminate

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verb elim·i·nate \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of eliminate

elim·i·nat·edelim·i·nat·ing

  1. :  to get rid of :  do away with




Medical Dictionary

eliminate

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transitive verb elim·i·nate \-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of eliminate

elim·i·nat·edelim·i·nat·ing

  1. :  to expel (as waste) from the living body





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