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.

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 Jones' attorney, Federico Andino Reynal, on Thursday requested at the hearing that Bankston delete the phone records and asked for a mistrial. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 By Wednesday, the Cardinals decided to delete the addendum, which required Murray to spend four hours per week during the season studying football away from team headquarters. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 In addition to the fine, the agency ordered Clearview AI to delete the data from its systems. Angus Loten, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered facial-recognition startup Clearview AI to delete all photos of U.K. residents that the company has amassed over the years. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 24 May 2022 Last year another federal agency, the National Labor Relations Board, ordered Musk to delete a tweet that officials said illegally threatened to cut stock options for Tesla employees who joined the United Auto Workers union. David Klepper, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 Sheriff Alex Villanueva later acknowledged that the department ordered deputies to delete any images from the crash scene from their devices. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 In other words, Chrome gives you the ability to delete said data over the last hour, the last day, the previous week, the previous month, or for all time. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 15 July 2022 In March, Tesla appealed a National Labor Relations Board order to delete a May 2018 tweet that the agency said had violated the law. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for delete


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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