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

Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web When Ricky turns a simple exchange into a bloodbath to eliminate the competition, Cliff is forced to grapple with a harsh new reality. Brent Lang, Variety, 21 May 2022 The first human case of monkeypox was reported years later in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a time when intense efforts were underway to eliminate smallpox. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 19 May 2022 The deal includes a $32.5 million increase in funding to the Department of Human Services to eliminate the waiting list of more than 5,000 developmentally disabled Oklahomans to receive state services. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The Mavericks ended up bouncing back and winning the final two games of the series to eliminate the Suns while Lil Wayne sat courtside in Phoenix. Matt Young, Chron, 18 May 2022 Notable mentions on the ingredient list are burdock root and shea butter, which work together to eliminate scalp irritation while providing deep moisture. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 In March, Mayor Michelle Wu began a two-year pilot program to eliminate fares on the 23 and 29 buses as well using money provided by Boston from its federal COVID-19 relief fund to reimburse the T. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 Phoenix needed six games in the first round to eliminate eighth-seeded New Orleans, the only team in the playoffs with a losing record. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 points and Boston set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kyle Hightower, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for eliminate


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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