eliminate

verb elim·i·nate \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of eliminate

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

play \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective

eliminator

play \i-ˈli-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

  1. Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic.

  2. The body naturally eliminates waste products.

  3. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year.

  4. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.

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Origin and Etymology of eliminate

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


ELIMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

eliminate

verb

Definition of eliminate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

eliminate

verb elim·i·nate \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of eliminate for Students

eliminated; eliminating
:to get rid of :do away with

Medical Dictionary

eliminate

transitive verb elim·i·nate \ -ˌnāt \

medical Definition of eliminate

eliminated; eliminating
:to expel (as waste) from the living body


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