Definition of delete
: to eliminate especially by blotting out, cutting out, or erasing delete a passage in a manuscript delete a computer file The e-mail was accidentally deleted.
Examples of delete in a sentence
Delete this name from the list.
When the movie was shown on TV all the swearwords had been deleted.
Origin and Etymology of delete
Latin deletus, past participle of delēre to wipe out, destroy
First Known Use: circa 1605
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Definition of delete for English Language Learners
: to remove (something, such as words, pictures, or computer files) from a document, recording, computer, etc.
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Definition of delete for Students
: to take out especially by erasing, crossing out, or cutting delete a sentence delete a computer file
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