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.

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Us Weekly shared screenshots of the tweets, which have since been deleted. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Contestant Tracy Shapoff Is Already Swept Up In Drama," 25 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, Amazon does not permit users to permanently delete past orders. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Hide Amazon Orders From Your Family This Holiday Season," 6 Nov. 2018 Brown Paper Tickets got suspicious enough of Fanoomies to delete the event page from its site and emailed all buyers to tell them to contact their banks, COO and general counsel Mike Sennott said. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018 But even for large companies, complying with some of its provisions to delete customer data may be difficult and time consuming. Catherine Ho,, "New data privacy law givens Californians new way to sue over breaches," 29 June 2018 Afterward, Stockton boasted about the shooting on Instagram, according to the affidavit, which says that investigators were able to retrieve incriminating posts that had been deleted. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "D.C. police make arrests in two fatal shootings, say victims were not intended targets," 8 June 2018 The school posted videos of the tiger's appearance at prom on its Instagram account, which have since been deleted. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Prom under investigation after live tiger performance," 14 May 2018 Murray Whyte at The Toronto Star reports that new hyperspectral scanning shows that Picasso wrestled with the piece, adding and deleting figures and features, ultimately painting as many as 13 layers of revisions. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso’s Blue Period Evolution," 11 June 2018 It did not suck in vast amounts of Facebook data as a standard operating procedure, even after the app had been deleted off the phone. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What We Know About Facebook’s Latest Data Scandal," 4 June 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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