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 USA TODAY Sports The Twitter account of the outspoken and often controversial Jason Whitlock, a Warren Central and Ball State graduate, has been deleted. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Jason Whitlock's Twitter account has been deleted. Here's what he says happened," 9 Sep. 2019 Wallace deleted the tweet eight minutes after posting it, but it was archived by the Twitter feed Tweets MPs Delete. Peter Wilkinson, CNN, "Boris Johnson under pressure to explain police incident," 23 June 2019 What’s been broken In 2003, Museveni began his assault on the constitution with a view to deleting presidential term limits. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 Brown ultimately deleted his Twitter account and turned off the commenting feature on all of his Instagram posts. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Breaks His Silence After Controversial DWTS Comments," 6 Sep. 2019 January 2018: The bank deleted the fraudulent car loan account in Sponer’s name. oregonlive, "Jury awards $101,000 to Portland man who sued Wells Fargo for not fixing credit report due to ID theft," 3 Sep. 2019 Royal staff are devoting more resources to deleting comments targeting Meghan. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Meghan's friend calls out 'racist bullies' who abuse the duchess," 22 Aug. 2019 This was, however, deleted after widespread criticism. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Getting trolled is a small price to pay to get information out of Kashmir, says activist Shehla Rashid," 22 Aug. 2019 Trump is accurate on the basic timeline of Clinton deleting emails after receiving a subpoena, according to a Washington Post fact check of the claim. Tessa Berenson, Time, "These Are the Facts Behind President Trump's Tweets About the Mueller Testimony," 24 July 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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29 Oct 2019

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The first known use of delete was circa 1605

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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.


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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