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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The reorganization shrunk the DNR's structure from seven divisions to five and also eliminated the Bureau of Science Services. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 The tool also bolsters contracts, eliminating the risk that someone won’t follow through on their commitment. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Musk on Wednesday pledged on Twitter to pay to help eliminate water contamination from any homes with lead contamination above safe levels. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 Sports Highlights Up Next: GAME RECAP: Celtics 82, Knicks 75 Your video will play in: 5 seconds GAME RECAP: Celtics 82, Knicks 75 The Celtics eliminated the Knicks in the first round of the Summer League tournament with an 82-75 win. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018 That rule is the main reason the Trump administration can’t simply eliminate every climate regulation President Barack Obama put in place during his tenure. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "How the New Supreme Court Could Halt Climate Action," 12 July 2018 Aly Pavela, a Twitter spokeswoman, said the work of locking and eliminating suspicious accounts from users’ followers would continue over the coming days. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 Garcia, an education professor and military veteran who used to work for the state Department of Education, also supports the Invest In Education Act and eliminating corporate loopholes — as well as changing testing policies. Melissa Daniels, azcentral, "Democratic governor hopefuls debate ed funding, AZ's ties with Mexican state of Sonora," 11 July 2018 That plan includes higher rates, longer hours and 80 to 90 new spaces in Over-the-Rhine, essentially eliminating free curbside spaces in the neighborhood. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Is parking going to get more difficult in OTR?," 11 July 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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