eliminate


elim·i·nate

verb \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt\

: 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

elim·i·nat·edelim·i·nat·ing

Full Definition of ELIMINATE

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to expel (as waste) from the living body
3
:  to cause (as an unknown) to disappear by combining two or more mathematical equations
intransitive verb
:  to expel waste from the living body
elim·i·na·tive \-ˈli-mə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
elim·i·na·tor \-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

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elim·i·nate

transitive verb \-ˌnāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
elim·i·nat·edelim·i·nat·ing

Medical Definition of ELIMINATE

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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