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 After two months of crazy outfits, controversial eliminations, and tear-jerking speeches, the competition has finally been narrowed down to the Top 10. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Who 'The Voice' Fans Think Will Win Season 17," 27 Nov. 2019 The move by the Department of Justice to seek the elimination of the Paramount Consent Decrees is not the end of the story. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Justice Department Attempts to Justify End of Paramount Decrees," 22 Nov. 2019 The mandates date back to the 1980s, when an amendment to the federal Clean Water Act called for elimination of pollutants in storm water. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Strongsville receives $624,750 grant to replace septic tanks with sewers on Willow Lane," 22 Nov. 2019 The elimination of the latter award has upset some fans of BTS, who were rooting for the K-pop group to take the award this year. Paul Grein, Billboard, "U.K.'s BRIT Awards Cut Categories, Eliminate Fan Voting, Give Artists More Control Of Performances," 5 Nov. 2019 Gifted with a new team, fans weathered seven summers of on-field ineptitude, giving way to autumns (2012, ’14, ’16, ’17) of soul-killing playoff eliminations, including three series that went the distance. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "For the Nationals and their fans, a parade worth the wait," 3 Nov. 2019 While not a complete elimination, this was enough to relieve the symptoms normally seen in mice carrying this mutation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists find a way to target the protein behind Huntington’s disease," 1 Nov. 2019 The Sun stared that late deficit, and elimination, in the eye and didn’t blink. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Winner-take-all Game 5 is what WNBA and this Sun-Mystics series deserves," 9 Oct. 2019 Three outs from postseason elimination, the Mets tied it 4-all in the ninth when Conforto clocked his second two-run homer of the game, connecting off Jose Urena for his 33rd long ball of the season. Mike Fitzpatrick, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins blow four-run lead, fall to Mets in extra innings," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Elimination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elimination?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=elimin04. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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