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 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 bill would largely eliminate the use of a multi-track school calendar method that A3 leaders used to manipulate enrollment numbers. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CA Assembly committee advances school accountability bill that charter schools oppose," 29 Apr. 2021 With a simple request for resignations, Biden can eliminate the risk that these figures undermine his agenda. Eleanor Eagan, The New Republic, "Trump Holdovers Are Dragging Down the Biden Agenda," 29 Apr. 2021 The measure would eliminate the license requirement and the state background check and training that go with it. Jim Vertuno, chicagotribune.com, "Texas edges closer to becoming largest state to allow people to carry handguns without a license," 29 Apr. 2021 The tax proposals that Biden is pushing under his infrastructure and jobs package and his American Families Plan proposal would eliminate tax cuts that former President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans ushered into law in 2017. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Biden proposes tax increases on the wealthy to pay for $1.8 trillion 'families plan'," 28 Apr. 2021 The Indonesian Parliament on 9 April approved a proposal by President Joko Widodo to eliminate the Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK) and create a new National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "‘Superagency’ may further politicize Indonesian research," 28 Apr. 2021 House Bill 6423 would eliminate the religious exemption for the requirement that children be inoculated against measles, mumps and other communicable diseases before entering school. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Bill to eliminate Connecticut’s religious exemption for school vaccinations heads toward final passage Tuesday; thousands of opponents rally before vote," 27 Apr. 2021 The hike would largely eliminate the current break under which income from investments gets taxed at a significantly lower rate than income from work. Los Angeles Times, "Democrats aim for paid family leave and aid well beyond Biden’s expected plan," 27 Apr. 2021 The new rules effectively will eliminate visits from major lines such as Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International, whose ships generally exceed that passenger count. Fran Golden, Anchorage Daily News, "Some residents of key tourist destinations rethink their reliance on cruising," 26 Apr. 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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2 May 2021

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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