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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Fudge had to regain the ability to perform even the most basic tasks, like deleting an email. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Virtual reality, Smart car and putting green help patients at new Hoag center recover from traumatic injuries," 20 June 2018 Although Isabella has deleted her account, her sister, Olivia Jade, has not. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Isabella Giannulli Deleted Her Instagram Account Amid College Admissions Investigation," 18 Apr. 2019 What would really be shocking is if the 21-year-old makeup mogul deleted HER Instagram. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 To find out more about how to enable, disable, or delete cookies from your web browsers, click here. The Editors, Outside Online, "About Our Ads," 10 July 2018 The site keeps no archives, and Matt Drudge himself deletes his tweets daily, which allows him to remake the site anew every day. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 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

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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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