elim·​i·​nate | \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce eliminative (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminator (audio) \ 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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However, it was not eliminated, according to Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Land-use restrictions play into Newport Beach homeless shelter search," 8 Sep. 2019 Perhaps Thatcher’s wink and nudge was a green light for the anti-Soviet contingent to eliminate a regional threat. David B. Moore, Quartz Africa, "The many failures and betrayals of Robert Mugabe to his people," 7 Sep. 2019 Electronics books, according to Martin, changed purchasing habits forever by eliminating middle men and providing consumers with products from producers quicker. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Providence St. Joseph Health executive challenges students to think big," 6 Sep. 2019 The team also developed a manufacturing process that eliminates more defective tubes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019 While Franklin PTA treasurer Michael Bridges said parents have been talking about eliminating single-use plastic products for the last 18 months, Hobart became involved in the discussion, thanks to Bridges. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Dishwasher donation continues green evolution at Franklin Elementary," 27 Aug. 2019 And thanks to widespread vaccination, certain diseases—like polio—have been eliminated in the United States, while infection rates of other illnesses have been reduced markedly, like those of diphtheria and chicken pox. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "4 Doctors on the Frustration, Anxiety, and Fear of Treating Patients with Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses," 26 Aug. 2019 Each week, one team will be eliminated until one pair is left standing. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Exclusive: Judges for Hallmark’s New Baking Competition Show Have Been Named," 23 Aug. 2019 Among the possible vetoes Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy might soon keep in place are $50 million in Medicaid funding plus $27 million that eliminated the Medicaid dental program for adults. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Saying Medicaid cuts already hurt their ability to treat the poor, providers ask governor to reverse vetoes," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of eliminate

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for eliminate

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

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11 Oct 2019

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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 How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with


transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Medical Definition of eliminate

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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