eliminate

verb
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

Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The law requires the state to cut is carbon emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels by the end of the decade and effectively eliminate them by 2050. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 The document defines discrimination against women and establishes an agenda to eliminate it. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 The seat must become vacant -- such as when a judge ages off the bench, does not seek re-election or dies in office -- in order for lawmakers to eliminate it. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 The panel released a report recommending that the next time a pandemic strikes, the countries should aim to manage risks at the border, not try to eliminate them altogether. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2021 The panel released a report recommending that the next time a pandemic strikes, their countries should aim to manage risks at the border, not try to eliminate them altogether. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2021 Streamlining project tasks via a digital workflow platform will help eliminate delays and keep your RFP response on track to be totally compliant. Maurice Harary, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 This will help eliminate biases and generalizations about individuals who belong to certain groups. Selena Rezvani, NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 One thing that can help to eliminate such miscommunication is making one’s assumptions explicit. Laura Giurge And Vanessa Bohns, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2021

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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 2021

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with

eliminate

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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