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 But the Vision Zero initiative, a campaign to eliminate all Portland traffic deaths by 2025, saw more people killed in 2019 than previously in more than a decade. oregonlive, "Race for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s seat headed to runoff, unclear whether it’ll include her, Sam Adams or Mingus Mapps," 20 May 2020 The regents are scheduled to meet Thursday and consider UC President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to eliminate the requirement of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing exam for students seeking admission in the fall of 2021. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Judge: UC can be sued for discrimination against low-income students due to use of SAT, ACT exams for admissions," 19 May 2020 The New York Democrat is the author of the Green New Deal, an aggressive plan to eliminate most uses of fossil fuels in a bid to mitigate climate change. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Liberal group links Trump coronavirus and climate policies in $14M campaign to oust him," 19 May 2020 Their ultimate goal: eliminating the Electoral College that gave the Oval Office to Trump in 2016 and to George W. Bush in 2000 though both lost the popular vote in those years. Richard Wolf And Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court wary of 'chaos' if presidential electors win discretion to go rogue," 13 May 2020 Wuhan was the first city in the world to enter into lockdown and great effort has been expended in an attempt to eliminate the virus. James Griffiths, CNN, "Wuhan to test all residents for coronavirus in 10 days after new cases emerge," 12 May 2020 Going forward, as coronavirus travel restrictions aren't completely eliminated, we're told that the same protocol applies trips that are scheduled to start after August 1. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Carnival Will Slowly Resume Operations Starting August 1 (Video)," 5 May 2020 Senate Democrats had an opportunity to eliminate the legislative filibuster early in the Obama administration. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "It’s Time to Build a Better Political Culture," 29 Apr. 2020 So now Wes has a choice to make: betray Bananas and get the chance to eliminate his longstanding rival again, or stick to his shaky new alliance and potentially blow the secret wide open. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: A legend fatally underestimates a rookie," 16 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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