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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Holiday sales have kicked off earlier than past years with more deals being offered online-only as retailers look to reduce crowds and eliminate the need to rush into a store. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Google releases predictions of popular holiday gifts from Apple iPhone, PlayStation 5 to Fat Brain Simpl Dimpl," 12 Nov. 2020 And the worker warned that having too much in savings could reduce or even eliminate any future benefits. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Systemic racism, not $200 Air Jordans, suppresses Black wealth," 6 Nov. 2020 The difference amounted to hundreds of billions of dollars a year—money that could have been used instead to provide child care for American families, or to reduce college tuition, or to eliminate a good chunk of the federal deficit. Barack Obama, The New Yorker, "A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight," 26 Oct. 2020 That's why any serious climate change policy seeks to reduce or eliminate fossil fuel burning as rapidly as possible. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | HENRY OLSEN: Biden meant it about fossil fuels," 24 Oct. 2020 With many schools moving to reduce or even eliminate on-campus housing capacity and moving classes predominantly online, many students are taking leaves of absence or deferring enrollment to wait until things become more normal, Osborn said. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "In ‘exceptional’ break with trend, McDaniel College enrollment grows to record levels despite COVID-19," 19 Oct. 2020 The idea behind this was that suppressing testosterone would reduce or eliminate the athletic advantages conferred by male physiology. The Economist, "A ban by World Rugby could prove influential for transgender sports," 17 Oct. 2020 Going all remote without adding something like Dropbox Studios, on the hand, would reduce or eliminate opportunities for regular in-person gatherings, which foster creativity, more efficient problem-solving, and team bonding. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Dropbox commits to going “virtual-first” by converting offices to meeting studios," 13 Oct. 2020 Cannings' product, myna.com, was designed to reduce or eliminate note-taking. Tom Roland, Billboard, "'Zoom Fatigue': Music Industry Battling Burnout From Virtual Meetups," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce eliminate (audio)

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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