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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The group was told that three would survive, but just two kickers made it out of elimination: Fry and Blewitt. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It," 21 Aug. 2019 Singers Charlotte Summers, Chris Kläfford and Ndlovu Youth Choir finished in the middle of the pack and were on the brink of elimination. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'America's Got Talent': Which 7 acts made it to the semifinals? Who was eliminated?," 21 Aug. 2019 Late in the Barcelona match, an emotional four-goal comeback from the brink of elimination in the Champions League semifinal in May, the camera panned to a woman in the Anfield crowd. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Osterman: This is why I am Liverpool," 17 July 2019 Under the smaller funding cut, regents canceled their declaration of financial exigency last week, slowing down the speed of job cuts and program eliminations. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "UA president suggests slowing down restructuring timeline under smaller budget cut," 29 Aug. 2019 Losing measles elimination status would be a black eye to the United States, public health experts said. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "CDC: 'Reasonable chance' US will lose measles elimination status," 28 Aug. 2019 The audio reflects about 30 minutes of radio transmissions edited for brevity and elimination of gaps and garbles. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Semitrailer driver cited in crash that shut down I-43 near Mitchell Interchange," 27 Aug. 2019 This marks the first time two clubs from the elimination bracket have made the tournament final since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2001 . . BostonGlobe.com, "US men lose to Australia in basketball," 25 Aug. 2019 The market has remained stable despite the Trump administration’s decision in 2017 to stop directly reimbursing insurers for cost sharing reductions and Congress’ elimination, effective this year, of the tax penalty for failing to carry insurance. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Two new Obamacare insurers proposed for Florida in 2020," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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