delete

verb de·lete \ di-ˈlēt , dē- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of delete

deleted; deleting
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.

deletable

play \di-ˈlē-tə-bəl, dē-\ adjective
    • an easily deletable photo

Examples of delete in a Sentence

  1. Delete this name from the list.

  2. When the movie was shown on TV all the swearwords had been deleted.

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Origin and Etymology of delete

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

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DELETE Defined for English Language Learners

delete

verb

Definition of delete for English Language Learners

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


DELETE Defined for Kids

delete

verb de·lete \ di-ˈlēt \

Definition of delete for Students

deleted; deleting
: to take out especially by erasing, crossing out, or cutting
  • delete a sentence
  • delete a computer file


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