noun, often attributive
elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Definition of elimination

: the act, process, or an instance of eliminating or discharging: such as
a : the act of discharging or excreting waste products from the body
b : the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol — compare addition sense 4

Examples of elimination in a Sentence

the elimination of waste products from the body
Recent Examples on the Web One popular detective, who goes by the name @mattchelor_nation, analyzed audio snippets and clips from various trailers to predict potential spoilers, including an elimination and an early one-on-one date. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Want Matt James Bachelor Spoilers? You’ll Have To Work For Them," 4 Jan. 2021 The Dodgers needed to win three games in three days to avoid elimination after falling behind 3-1 in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers 2020 memorable moments: Lot of Betts and a huge October payoff," 30 Dec. 2020 Winning this round would send G2 to a win-by-two overtime; a loss would evict them from the tournament, though the symbolic weight of the ousting would be much weightier than a simple bracket elimination could convey. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 These included approving dates to shut down coal plants owned by Australia’s largest energy company and reporting on deforestation elimination efforts at Procter & Gamble. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "BlackRock’s list of climate commitments just got longer," 27 Dec. 2020 Last week’s episode saw rookie Joseph go home during a guys elimination week, at the hands of Kyle who captured his gold skull and qualified for the final. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "MTV The Challenge: Double Agents Episode 3 | How to watch, time, stream, channel, cast," 23 Dec. 2020 Debt elimination is one of the movement’s central themes. oregonlive, "Massive fundraising for Red House family attracts supporters and critics," 20 Dec. 2020 This is despite the Trump administration urging the law's elimination, particularly after a Republican challenge stemming from Congress' removal of the penalty imposed on consumers who refuse to buy health insurance. Editors, USA TODAY, "More vaccines, Biden's Georgia trip, Obamacare enrollment: 5 things to know Tuesday," 16 Dec. 2020 The Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings matchup Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium has the feel of an elimination game. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to watch as the Chicago Bears play the Minnesota Vikings, including Dalvin Cook vs. the run defense and kicker drama — for the opponent this time," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elimination was in 1627

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“Elimination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elimination. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elimination

: the act or process of removing something or someone


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Kids Definition of elimination

1 : the act or process of excluding or getting rid of
2 : a getting rid of waste from the body


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Medical Definition of elimination

1 : the act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances from the body
2 eliminations plural : bodily discharges including urine, feces, and vomit
3 : the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol

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