eliminate

verb

elim·​i·​nate i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The bill that would eliminate the wait would alter a 2005 law. Gary Fields, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Mar. 2023 The bill that would eliminate the wait would alter a 2005 law. Gary Fields, ajc, 5 Mar. 2023 Cardona proposed a plan that would eliminate up to $10,000 of student debt for borrowers earning up to $125,000 annually, or up to $250,000 for married couples. Robert Barnes And Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2023 Making the dinner reservations, shepherding people to the team hotel, coordinating game-day logistics – anything that would eliminate potential distractions for his twin brother. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2023 Arkansas state lawmakers have proposed 33 constitutional amendments ranging from a proposal that would spell out rights for victims of criminal offenses or delinquent acts to a proposal that would eliminate the lieutenant governor's office. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 12 Feb. 2023 The findings highlight the need for installing air filters that can eliminate the small particles, the authors say. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 9 Feb. 2023 With things settling down, the city and its consultants are working to provide residents with an affordable form of green energy that could eliminate a million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 31 Jan. 2023 In fact, next to diets that eliminate whole food groups or prescribe complicated and specific food combinations, IIFYM can seem more relaxed in comparison. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

eliminate

verb
elim·​i·​nate i-ˈlim-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
1
a
: to get rid of : remove
b
: to remove from further competition by defeating
2
: to expel from the living body
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Medical Definition

eliminate

transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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