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verb de·lete \di-ˈlēt, dē-\

Definition of delete

deleted

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deleting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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.

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


First Known Use: circa 1605


DELETE Defined for English Language Learners

delete

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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

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verb de·lete \di-ˈlēt\

Definition of delete for Students

deleted

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deleting

  1. :  to take out especially by erasing, crossing out, or cutting delete a sentence delete a computer file



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