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 The Outback Bowl picks after that and has the same agreement, which would eliminate Iowa (2019 and 2017), Michigan (2018) and Wisconsin (2015). Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football bowl watch: Why Holiday Bowl makes sense," 30 Nov. 2019 The new congressional legislation would eliminate that special trade status if Beijing shrinks Hong Kong’s autonomy. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, "Trudy Rubin: Hong Kong crisis has become a crucial test of future US-China relations," 24 Nov. 2019 Favors a $15 federal minimum wage and would eliminate noncompete clauses. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Renegades-in-Waiting: Why Big Business Is Wary of Trump’s Potential 2020 Rivals," 18 Nov. 2019 The bill would eliminate the section of the U.S. bankruptcy code that prevents federal and private student loans from being dischargeable. Kara Stevens, Essence, "What Will It Take To Rehabilitate Black Wealth?," 12 Nov. 2019 University officials did not eliminate athletics programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska officials stick to Dunleavy plan, vote to cut budget by $25 million," 9 Nov. 2019 The ban on political ads does not eliminate the toxicity that Twitter faces with political speech on its platform. BostonGlobe.com, "Twitter says it will ban all political ads - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Lorenza Dorsey, an Auburn police spokesman, said investigators weren't eliminating any possibilities in the search for Blanchard. Fox News, "UFC president offers $25G for information on fighter’s missing stepdaughter in Alabama," 31 Oct. 2019 The ban on political ads does not eliminate the toxicity that Twitter faces with political speech on its platform. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says," 30 Oct. 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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The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminates. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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