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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His debut came in a friendly against Tunisia, before he was named as part of Colombia's squad for the 2014 World Cup, in which they were narrowly eliminated by Brazil at the quarter-final stage. SI.com, "Eder Balanta: 6 Things to Know About Arsenal's Defensive Transfer Target," 4 June 2019 This is the largest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Measles spreading in U.S. as summer travel season brings visitors in and out of Florida," 3 June 2019 Moving from outside back to forward, Foord started every game for Australia at the 2015 World Cup as the Matildas were once again eliminated in the quarterfinals. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Thorns forward Caitlin Foord hopes to steer Australia to new heights at her third World Cup," 3 June 2019 Here’s hoping Adam and Kelly have better luck, as both of their teams were eliminated ahead of this year’s finale. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Announces Maelyn Jarmon Is the Season 16 Winner," 22 May 2019 An optimist could say that eliminating third-party cookies may lighten webpage loads. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google and Chrome pledge to crack down on snooping third-party web cookies," 7 May 2019 Starbucks has pointed out that straws won’t actually be eliminated—its stores will still have paper or biodegradable straws available for those who need them. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018 Ask people about artificial intelligence, and the discussion will most often turn to jobs: which ones will be eliminated and which ones will be created. Thomas W. Malone, WSJ, "What AI Will Do to Corporate Hierarchies," 1 Apr. 2019 These CDNs eliminate choke points and deliver data quickly, providing uninterrupted video to your smart TV or to smartphones in far-flung corners of the globe. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 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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More Definitions for eliminate

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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