eliminate

verb
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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The home-sharing platform has blamed New York City’s strict enforcement on a lobbying campaign by the hotel industry to eliminate competition. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "New York Suit Says Airbnb Used in $20 Million Illegal Hotel Scheme," 14 Jan. 2019 For many, having a medical condition such as celiac disease means that there is no choice but to eliminate certain foods. SELF, "PSA: Healthy Eating Should Include Mental and Social Health, Too.," 11 Jan. 2019 The substantial backhaul that the new Orbi system supports should help to eliminate data bottlenecks while covering a substantial number of square feet. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019 According to the National Kidney Foundation, the kidneys work to eliminate waste from the body and regulate our fluids — in other words, they get rid of the bad stuff. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Detox Diets Aren't Real or Healthy — and Body "Toxins" Don't Exist," 1 Jan. 2019 To get at what's going on, the researchers did their best to eliminate any practical consequences from the equation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 Safe standard diving techniques call for a gradual ascent to the surface to eliminate the nitrogen that the body’s tissues absorb during a dive, and for a limit to the number of dives a person makes in a day. Moises Castillo, The Seattle Times, "AP PHOTOS: Lobster divers risk injury, death in Honduras," 26 Dec. 2018 Well, the brand uses a direct-to-consumer model to eliminate retail markups. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Should Know Before Buying Brooklinen Bedding," 11 Dec. 2018 Just last week, Everlane announced plans to eliminate all virgin plastic from its supply chain by the year 2021. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal and More Sign on to Address Global Plastic Crisis," 29 Oct. 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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The first known use of eliminate was in 1568

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More Definitions for eliminate

eliminate

verb

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

eliminate

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

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with

eliminate

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

Medical Definition of eliminate

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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