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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There were 14 responses in favor of either eliminating or loosening the current IHSAA restrictions on traveling for games. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "What would you change if you were IHSAA commissioner for a day?," 30 June 2018 Then in the eighth, reliever Mychal Givens whipped a pitch to second to pick off Isiah Kiner-Falefa, eliminating a runner in scoring position. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 During court proceedings this week, Judge Sabraw sought to eliminate some of the red tape by saying ICE should only conduct DNA tests when necessary, CNN reported. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 The original plan also called for lifting the building eight feet to bring the lower level up to street level and expanding it to the north, which would eliminate some parking spaces. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 July 2018 Costello, 22, was picked in the 31st round, No. 933 overall, of the 2017 draft, shortly after Central Connecticut, NEC Tournament champ, was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament at TCU. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 Notably, at Wimbledon this year, the unseeded Spears and partner Alicja Rosolska of Poland reached the women’s doubles semifinals before being eliminated Friday. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Abigail Spears’ net worth is still on upswing in tennis," 13 July 2018 Starbucks has pledged to eliminate plastic straws by 2020. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks ditches straws, but our plastic addiction is much bigger," 10 July 2018 This morning, Starbucks announced a plan to eliminated single-use plastic straws at its store locations globally by 2020. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Starbucks Plans To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Straws By 2020," 9 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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