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 second would also close select stations and the third would additionally eliminate weekend service. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "BART to slash costs, with possible service cuts, layoffs on horizon: ‘This is not sustainable’," 22 Oct. 2020 President Trump challenged Biden on healthcare during the debate, claiming that Biden would eliminate private insurance and cause many people to lose their plans. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden says nobody lost their private insurance under Obamacare, which was rated the 'lie of the year' by fact-checkers," 22 Oct. 2020 Layering these precautions allows more opportunities to eliminate the virus and prevent its spread. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "How airlines clean planes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 works, according to new study," 22 Oct. 2020 The new laws prohibit police officers from using chokeholds, open officers’ disciplinary records to public inspection and eliminate cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony offenses. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Outside Spending for New York Political Races Tops $14 Million," 22 Oct. 2020 The South China Morning Post reported late Tuesday that Cathay would eliminate 6,000 positions and close Cathay Dragon. Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg.com, "Cathay Pacific Joins Aviation Jobs Cull, Closes Regional Carrier," 21 Oct. 2020 The World Economic Forum, in a report released Wednesday on the future of jobs, expects that a new division of labor between humans and machines will upend and eliminate some 85 million jobs globally across 15 industries. Jamey Keaten, Star Tribune, "Study: COVID speeds up human vs machine standoff over work," 20 Oct. 2020 On a separate track, Republicans in the statehouse have pressed Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to agree to 11th-hour legislation to eliminate or limit the three days under the court’s order. Mark Sherman And Marc Levy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Late Pennsylvania ballots will count, says divided Supreme Court," 20 Oct. 2020 At a September meeting of the Board of Regents, board members decided to keep cross-country skiing but eliminate alpine skiing, hockey and gymnastics. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAA hockey supporters launch Save Seawolf Hockey fundraising campaign," 20 Oct. 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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28 Oct 2020

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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