de·lete | \di-ˈlēt, 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 e-mail was accidentally deleted.

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Other Words from delete

deletable \di-ˈlē-tə-bəl, 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

ProPublica and Reveal, both nonprofit news publications, have had content dealing with hate groups and immigrant children, respectively, deleted or rejected by Instagram or Facebook. Greg Ip, WSJ, "How Google and Facebook Are Monopolizing Ideas," 4 July 2018 González has since deleted the video and instead posted a cropped, non-explicit version. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Eiza González Accidentally Posted a Naked Video of Boyfriend Josh Duhamel," 3 July 2018 Palestinian activists, for instance, have charged that Facebook, submitting to Israeli government pressure, is far too aggressive in deleting posts and pages from Palestinians who are accused of violating the site’s guidelines. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 And when tourists tried to warn others about what happened using the popular website, TripAdvisor, the Journal Sentinel found TripAdvisor had deleted dozens of their posts. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 The tweet has since been deleted, but fans are still hopeful something will come out of it. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "8 Artists Who Have Expressed Interest in Working with BTS," 20 June 2018 King has since deleted his social media posts about the incident. Stephen English, star-telegram, "She accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault. Then her lawyer apologized | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 This was just her yesterday on the left and now this morning this is her on the right!!!! #WomanBeater #AnimalAbuser#ChildAbuser @nfl @tmz_tv @buffalobills Miamor’s post has since been deleted. Michael Mccann,, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 After her husband was named to the White House job, the website Mediaite posted screenshots of her Twitter account, which has since been deleted. Robin Abcarian,, "For Trump, #MeToo is #SoWhat? Yet again, his attitude and hires show deep antipathy toward women," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of delete

circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delete

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

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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 \
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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