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

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for eliminate

Synonyms

ban, bar, close out, count (out), debar, except, exclude, freeze out, rule out, shut out

Antonyms

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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Systemic and successful work is being carried out to use Russian technology and equipment to eliminate such risks. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Kremlin Warns of Cyberwar After Report of U.S. Hacking Into Russian Power Grid," 17 June 2019 In an effort to eliminate these roadblocks that stand in the way of human-cat companionship, Purina scientists have been researching how to manage cat allergens. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Kitty Cure: New Research Suggests an End to Severe Cat Allergies Could Be in Sight," 17 June 2019 And while Republican lawmakers threatened to eliminate all evidence of Evers' budget proposals, the final product includes a Republican spin on Evers' vision. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers set to take up an $81.5 billion state budget that puts a Republican spin on Evers' vision," 17 June 2019 This is our strategy to eliminate copyright infringement of our content. Gavin J. Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shanghai: Fuji TV Exec Talks Growing Japan-China Business, "Incredible" Success of 'Terrace House'," 15 June 2019 Legislation passed to enact realignment reclassified the way the state looked at about 500 crimes to effectively eliminate the possibility of prison time. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.," 15 June 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans this week to eliminate single-use plastics nationwide as early as 2021, the latest move in a global effort to curb plastic pollution. CBS News, "Meet the ocean cleanup company that's removed 4.7 million pounds of trash," 15 June 2019 The federal government, spurred by President Donald Trump’s goal to eliminate HIV by 2030, has also stepped in. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Costs, stigma keep HIV drug Truvada out of hands of those who need it most," 14 June 2019 The conditions created after these rain events put our first responders in unnecessary danger and that risk needed to be eliminated swiftly. Ana Goni-lessan, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood firefighters return to Station 101 after Houston finishes $33K renovation," 14 June 2019

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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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21 Jun 2019

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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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