de·​lete | \ di-ˈlēt How to pronounce delete (audio) , dē- \
deleted; deleting

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 The email was accidentally deleted.

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Other Words from delete

deletable \ di-​ˈlē-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce delete (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
an easily deletable photo

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.
Recent Examples on the Web All the more reason to record, delete, and record again., "Norwell High School senior well versed in Poetry Out Loud nationals," 30 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, her latest piece investigated the failure of Facebook’s algorithms to delete all the lies and hate speech users posted. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Ten years of improvements have made Chromebooks pretty great," 12 Mar. 2021 However, she was soon inundated with racist and sexist online abuse from the toxic side of the Star Wars fandom, and was forced to delete her Instagram account as a result. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kelly Marie Tran Hits the Virtual Red Carpet as the First South East Asian Disney Princess," 6 Mar. 2021 The online backlash became so hateful that Lindsay decided to delete her Instagram account on Friday. Kristen Baldwin,, "Bachelor producers blast fans harassing Rachel Lindsay with 'racist' online bullying," 2 Mar. 2021 This advice isn’t to delete all your photos and videos in WhatsApp. Zak Doffman, Forbes, "Why You Should Never Save Photos And Videos In WhatsApp," 17 Apr. 2021 And to help her, Wegener had asked his backend engineers to delete all of her memories from before 2013. Lauren Goode, Wired, "I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget," 6 Apr. 2021 The Washington Examiner reported that a Biden aide had informed lawmakers to delete photos taken during the fact-finding tour. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz shares footage of Biden staffer blocking him from recording in migrant facility," 28 Mar. 2021 Sadly, the icon decided to delete the photos, despite looking like absolute fire in both of them. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Channeling Martha Stewart's Energy in These Since-Deleted Smokey Eye Selfies," 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of delete

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delete

Latin deletus, past participle of delēre to wipe out, destroy

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4 May 2021

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“Delete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of delete

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


de·​lete | \ di-ˈlēt How to pronounce delete (audio) \
deleted; deleting

Kids Definition of delete

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

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