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 intercoolers have also been relocated to improve their cooling capacity and reduce—but not eliminate—turbo lag. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 Warren last year introduced a proposal that would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every indebted person with a household income of less than $100,000. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Warren says she would cancel student debt on Day 1, citing legal authority of Department of Ed," 14 Jan. 2020 Some leading Democratic presidential candidates would eliminate criminal penalties for entering the country illegally, while others want to offer undocumented immigrants free health care. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Trump Needn’t Bang His Head Against the Wall," 14 Jan. 2020 The cams are mounted to the riser, which eliminates lean and torque, according to the company. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Crossbows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 13 Jan. 2020 Lawmakers in New Jersey will be voting on a bill that would eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren in the state. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "New Jersey Lawmakers to Vote on Bill That Would Repeal Religious Exemptions for Vaccines," 13 Jan. 2020 Health advocacy groups support a provision in the House bill that would eliminate possible tickets for underage tobacco possession, said Danielle Patterson, a lobbyist for the American Heart Association of Indiana. Tom Davies, Indianapolis Star, "Underage Indiana tobacco sales would yield tougher retailer penalties under state proposal," 8 Jan. 2020 The pest control will include snap-traps and bait that will eliminate female rats’ ability to reproduce, in lieu of poison, officials said. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma officials to begin pest control at Santa Rosa homeless camp," 6 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, the Eagles also won, which eliminated Dallas. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Colorado State football alums have fantastic day in NFL’s Week 17," 29 Dec. 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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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminating. Accessed 25 January 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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