noun, often attributive
elim·​i·​na·​tion | \i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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

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On Tuesday night, the stars will perform a second dance—and then face the season's first elimination. Carole Glines, Fox News, "'DWTS' recap: first blind competitor wows crowd as a live TV blunder hurts an Instagram star," 25 Sep. 2018 Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo. Washington Post, "Messi finally scores, Argentina advances at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Maradona was animated during the match as Argentina sought to avoid elimination in the group stage. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Collapses at FIFA World Cup After Argentina's Win Against Nigeria," 26 June 2018 GROUP DYNAMICS Germany needs points from matches against Sweden on Saturday and South Korea on June 27 to avoid elimination. James Ellingsworth, star-telegram, "Did that just happen? Mexico stuns defending champion Germany in World Cup upset," 17 June 2018 In addition to those who didn't make it through, three other acts were also up for elimination. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Not Happy About the Judges Saving Magician Aaron Crow," 30 Aug. 2018 Other Democratic leaders also have refrained from calling for the elimination of ICE, instead focusing on reforming the agency. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump praises ICE as criticism of immigration agency intensifies," 30 June 2018 On Thursday night, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Nobody knows how ‘abolish ICE’ plays politically," 29 June 2018 The Trump administration’s first two budget requests to Congress have targeted a range of NASA earth science projects for elimination. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA’s Bridenstine signals reprieve for endangered climate missions," 6 June 2018

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1627, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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 \

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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