delete

verb
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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If a comment breaks any of the rules, the royal family is allowed to delete it and block the user. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kensington Palace Is Taking Action Against Social Media Trolls," 4 Mar. 2019 The two of them posted lots of cute pics with each other, which Noah has since deleted, but Angeline kept a couple gems up on her Instagram page. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Noah Centineo's Love Life," 21 Feb. 2019 Users who have spotted the test feature have taken to (since deleted) Reddit and Twitter to voice their annoyance at having their show-binging interrupted by an ad for other shows. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Netflix is testing video promos that play in between episodes," 17 Aug. 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Security The only way to be truly secure on Facebook is to delete your account. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "UK Regulators May Fine Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica," 10 July 2018 And pray that Brad is a good enough sport to delete the incriminating photos and video. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Wife of perfect husband cheats without remorse," 10 July 2018 Electronics Cell Phones: Before getting rid of your old cell phone, first delete all of your personal information using a factory or hard reset option. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 That can help mitigate the negative effects of these apps without having to entirely delete them. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Lili Reinhart Is Taking Time Off Twitter For a Very Important Reason," 20 Dec. 2018 In late March, Conway deleted some of his more critical tweets. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "George Conway -- Kellyanne Conway's husband -- defends Mueller's investigation," 11 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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delete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of delete

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

delete

verb
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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