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

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By the end of the episode, Uché, Dimitrius Graham, and Alyssa Raghu were chosen to be saved from elimination. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Winner Maddie Poppe SLAMS Voters Over Uché and Top 10 Results," 16 Apr. 2019 But the most crazy-making part may not be the dizzying schedule of games, the quest for the perfect bracket or the merciless, one-and-done single elimination system. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Are Women Always on the Sidelines of Sports Reporting?," 18 Mar. 2019 Erzurum’s elimination from 2026 consideration was a hopeful sign that some of these changes are starting to pay off, says Perelman. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 Belgium’s elimination of Brazil at the World Cup puts its cast of stars on the cusp of reaching the final and matching lofty expectations. Steve Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "England defeats Sweden to reach World Cup semifinals," 8 July 2018 The elimination of Germany at the group stage, effectively at the hands of South Korea through a 2-0 defeat on the final matchday of Group F, ultimately set a tone of shock and unpredictability for the rest of the tournament. SI.com, "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018 Mexico is hurting right now, feeling the sting of a mind-boggling seventh consecutive elimination at the round of 16 stage and outplayed (and out-simulated) by Neymar and his pals. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why USMNT fans should celebrate Mexico's World Cup loss," 3 July 2018 But for players such as Ovechkin and Backstrom who have been through eliminations at the hands of the Penguins, Rangers, Lightning, Canadiens and Flyers dating to 2008, the partying leading up to the parade isn’t close to ending. Washington Post, "Playoff disappointments make Cup parade sweeter for Capitals," 12 June 2018 After staving off elimination four times at the NAIA Softball World Series, the Southern Oregon Raiders saw their season come to an end early Thursday in Clermont, Florida. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Southern Oregon softball season ends 1 win shy of NAIA World Series final," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of elimination

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 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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