eliminate

verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Definition of eliminate

transitive verb

1a : to put an end to or get rid of : remove eliminate errors
b : to remove from consideration eliminate someone as a suspect
c : to remove from further competition by defeating the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
2 : to expel (waste) from the living body
3 mathematics : to cause to disappear by combining two or more equations eliminate an unknown quantity

intransitive verb

: to expel waste from the living body

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Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce eliminative (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for eliminate

Synonyms

ban, bar, close out, count (out), debar, except, exclude, freeze out, rule out, shut out

Antonyms

admit, include

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Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic. The body naturally eliminates waste products. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.
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Just last fall, a global commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source was signed by over 250 organizations including L’Oreal and Unilever. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Big Beauty Brands That Are Tackling the Industry’s Plastic Problem," 22 Apr. 2019 Insulation is key to making a finished basement feel comfortable and to eliminate the dank feeling that commonly occupies below-grade spaces. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 The mission of this day is to bring awareness to bipolar disorder and to eliminate social stigma. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "Mental Health Awareness Means Talking About All Types of Mental Illness," 29 Mar. 2019 Given the decision to eliminate its runway division, the company is laying off employees who worked for the runway label as well—including 50 employees in its New York office and 50 in the Milan office. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calvin Klein Is Reportedly Shutting Down Its Runway Collection," 6 Mar. 2019 Henningsen's main goal with his lighting designs was to eliminate glare and evenly distribute light in a room. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Teenage activists have also been part of the struggle to eliminate plastic from their communities, even their countries. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight the Global Plastics Problem," 18 Dec. 2018 In addition to the salicylic acid and sulfur often found in spot treatments, Drying Lotion also contains calamine to help eliminate especially juicy pimples overnight, all without irritating the surrounding skin. Marci Robin, Allure, "Vanessa Hudgens Shares Her Travel Skin-Care Routine, and We’re Impressed," 19 Apr. 2019 The introduction of hydrophobic down has diminished this concern, eliminating the major benefit that synthetic insulation had going for it. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of eliminate

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for eliminate

Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e- + limin-, limen threshold

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10 May 2019

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More Definitions for eliminate

eliminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of eliminate

: to remove (something that is not wanted or needed) : to get rid of (something)
: to defeat and remove (a team, player, etc.) from a competition

eliminate

verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with

eliminate

transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Medical Definition of eliminate

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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