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.
Recent Examples on the Web Local news site Jiemian published and then deleted an interview with Li Hongyuan. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "The ‘Princess’ and the Prisoner: How China’s Huawei Lost Public Support at Home," 7 Dec. 2019 Russian authorities later amended and then deleted the wanted notice. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Germany links Russian agents to Berlin assassination, expels diplomats," 4 Dec. 2019 Russian authorities later amended and then deleted the wanted notice. Loveday Morris, Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, "Germany links Russian agents to Berlin assassination, expels diplomats," 4 Dec. 2019 Castro pounced with a mocking tweet, then deleted it after the newspaper acknowledged the error. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro can’t hide his disdain for Buttigieg," 15 Nov. 2019 The team could have solved the issue by altering its policy to access IP addresses during the small window when devices are establishing their connection and then delete the data. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time," 31 July 2019 Amazon is careful to note that deleting your voice files may make Alexa less responsive to your demands. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Privacy Guide for Voice Assistants in a World Where You Cannot Escape Them," 16 Nov. 2019 The White House released a rough transcript of the conversation, with portions deleted. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. diplomat testifies in impeachment hearing that President Trump asked for an update on Ukraine probes day after July 25 call," 13 Nov. 2019 The White House released a rough transcript of the telephone conversation, with portions deleted. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Denver Post, "Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of delete was circa 1605

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Delete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deletes. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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delete

verb
How to pronounce delete (audio)

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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