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 e-mail was accidentally deleted.

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Other Words from delete

deletable \ di-​ˈlē-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce deletable (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.

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Users could always use Maps while logged out of their Google profiles and manually delete stored Echo messages by logging into their Amazon accounts. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "More Privacy Still Isn’t Privacy," 4 June 2019 The Petco Park Events account has been deleting critical comments and blocking the users who wrote them, including Kearney. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres face backlash for exterminating bee swarm during Sunday’s game," 3 June 2019 Mulroney has since disabled and deleted all comments on the post. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friend Jessica Mulroney Reportedly Flew to England. Will She Meet Baby Archie?," 22 May 2019 Offloading an app deletes the app from your device but holds onto the data stored within that app. Josie Colt, WIRED, "How To Free Up Space on Your iPhone," 6 July 2018 Responding to a court order in a separate case, Greitens on Friday supplied a judge with a list of 20 governor’s office employees who downloaded or used a smartphone app called Confide, which automatically deletes text messages. Washington Post, "Missouri governor quits in scandal, signs ‘revenge porn’ law," 2 June 2018 In a separate case, the judge ordered Greitens to supply by Friday the names of all governor's office employees who downloaded a smartphone app called Confide that automatically deletes messages. David A. Lieb,, "Outgoing Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signs 'revenge porn' law," 1 June 2018 Like Facebook, YouTube has developed technology that automatically deletes terrorist content before users flag it. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Gruesome Jihadi Content Still Flourishes on Facebook and Google+," 17 May 2018 Fudge had to regain the ability to perform even the most basic tasks, like deleting an email. Ben Brazil,, "Virtual reality, Smart car and putting green help patients at new Hoag center recover from traumatic injuries," 20 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 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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