elim·​i·​nate | \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt \
eliminated; eliminating

Definition of eliminate 

transitive verb

1a : to put an end to or get rid of : remove eliminate errors

b : to remove from consideration eliminate someone as a suspect

c : to remove from further competition by defeating the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs

2 : to expel (waste) from the living body

3 mathematics : to cause to disappear by combining two or more equations eliminate an unknown quantity

intransitive verb

: to expel waste from the living body

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Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for eliminate


ban, bar, close out, count (out), debar, except, exclude, freeze out, rule out, shut out


admit, include

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Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic. The body naturally eliminates waste products. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.
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In 2016, 72 percent of UMKC’s $14.7 million athletic budget was subsidized by the university and cheerleading was eliminated. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Former Mizzou AD Mike Alden to advise UMKC athletics," 11 July 2018 Last two World Cup semifinal tickets up for grabs With France's win over Uruguay and Belgium's edge-of-your-seat triumph over Brazil on Friday, the last remaining multiple World Cup winners have been eliminated. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue mission, World Cup, Hurricane Beryl: 5 things to know this weekend," 7 July 2018 Some Republicans say eliminating ICE would mean abolishing the borders and opening the country to crime, drugs, and terrorism. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?," 6 July 2018 With a loss, and with a German win over South Korea (played simultaneously in another venue), Mexico would be eliminated from the round of 16. Nick Hoppe, SFChronicle.com, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018 But that liability can’t be eliminated by securing America’s borders. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 Being eliminated as the factory shuts down are 205 hourly and 31 salaried positions. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE to close Waukesha engine plant, cutting 236 jobs over 8 months," 29 June 2018 Swimsuit competitions are eliminated from the Miss America pageant, quite rightly, but contemporary art and fashion become ever more graphic. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 And eliminating someone’s humanity is one way to justify bigotry and indifference. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "It's Not OK to Appropriate Mexican Culture — Especially If You’re Dehumanizing Its People," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of eliminate

1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for eliminate

Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e- + limin-, limen threshold

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English Language Learners Definition of eliminate

: to remove (something that is not wanted or needed) : to get rid of (something)

: to defeat and remove (a team, player, etc.) from a competition


elim·​i·​nate | \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt \
eliminated; eliminating

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with


transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate | \-ˌnāt \
eliminated; eliminating

Medical Definition of eliminate 

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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