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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One of the weapons the U.S. is eliminating inventories of is the M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System warhead and the M77 bomblet munition. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Is Using Robots to Dismantle Hazardous Rockets," 26 Feb. 2019 However, much of this research has been small or conducted on animals, and there are so many potential confounding factors to eliminate in order to reach a solid conclusion. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Producers and studio executives follow political resistance to rebates closely since strong political pushback can send them scurrying, fearful that the program will be eliminated in the middle of their shoot. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "New Mexico’s Filmmaking-Incentive Program May Be Too Attractive," 30 Dec. 2018 Bobby Bones's victory comes just one week after fans were floored that Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke were eliminated in the semi finals round. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Neil Patrick Harris Slams 'DWTS' Winner Bobby Bones With Scathing Tweet," 20 Nov. 2018 By 2000, because of widespread vaccination, the virus was declared eliminated in the United States: Enough people were immunized that outbreaks were uncommon, and deaths from measles were scarcely heard of. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 Finally, there are surgical procedures that eliminate a-fib entirely in some individuals. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?," 26 Sep. 2018 This wasn’t going to be a happy ending, with England being eliminated 2-1 in extra time. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On first golf trip to States, English boy and father recount saving man's life on course," 11 July 2018 Mexico elected its next president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on July 1, and hours later the national soccer team was eliminated in the World Cup's second round on July 2. Adam Williams, Billboard, "How a Netflix Series Revived the Career of Latin Pop Icon Luis Miguel," 10 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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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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