remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove

Verb

removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce removability (audio) \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce removeable (audio) \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce removableness (audio) \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce removably (audio) \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

doff, douse, peel (off), put off, shrug off, take off

Synonyms: Noun

distance, lead, length, spacing, spread, stretch, way

Antonyms: Verb

don, put on, slip (into), throw (on)

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb

Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office.

Noun

She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Censors then stepped in, removing most of the posts about the incident. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "First Hong Kong protested. Now it’s Wuhan, China. What makes it Beijing’s latest headache?," 5 July 2019 To best manage roach infestations, Scharf suggests physically removing the insects with the help of special vacuums and sticky traps. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Not Even Chemicals Can Stop the Indomitable Cockroach," 5 July 2019 Alaska Department of Public Safety spokesman Ken Marsh confirmed to Fox News in an email that while the agency wasn't involved in the confrontation, wildlife troopers responded after the fact to investigate and assisted in removing the carcass. Fox News, "Alaska bear put down after breaking into fishing lodge in search of dinner," 4 July 2019 But just as the legendary 1999 World Cup triumph didn’t remove all roadblocks for American women’s soccer, a second-place finish 20 years later wouldn’t make the players’ points about fairness any less valid. Jerry Brewer, The Denver Post, "Brewer: U.S. women’s soccer team is just one part of a larger wave of female activism," 4 July 2019 The City Council has voted unanimously to enable the construction of more and bigger backyard cottages in all neighborhoods while removing requirements that property owners live on site and provide off-street parking. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 In recent years, Disney has been making strides to cast more diverse people (Marvel's Black Panther, Moana) and remove content that no longer represents what the company stands for, such as the Stinky Pete blooper scene. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "#NotMyAriel: Fans debate Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' casting choice," 4 July 2019 After removing the bell from its concrete foundation, university employees gently placed it on the ground. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "As tensions flare over monuments, universities target California’s mission past," 4 July 2019 In Portland, planters have been placed under bridges along Naito Parkway where people might try to set up tents, while San Francisco has removed all the benches from one of its central plazas. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s homeless campers face new obstacle: piles of boulders," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From the safe remove of a viewing stand atop a concrete bunker—that happened to serve as the firing room next to the pad from which John Glenn was launched in 1962—the test rocket was barely visible, more than 2.1 miles away. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "With NASA's Orion Abort-System Test, Americans Just Took a Small (and Very Big) Step Closer to the Moon," 2 July 2019 In Juliet the Maniac, Escoria interrupts the main first-person narrative with archival documents and flash-forwards that allow her to recount Juliet’s struggles with bipolar disorder from a slight remove. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019 Does the family, in its remove from society, represent the apex of civilization, or a pathetic aberration? Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 Great literature places us at a remove from life, letting us appreciate Victor and Walter as flawed human beings—and see ourselves in them both. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 Though the number of villas will eventually grow to 72, new trees have been strategically planted among the existent coconut grove in order to give each one a feeling of remove. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 The more crops you plant, burn, and sequester, the more carbon dioxide your remove from the air. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 What McHugh favored was the fantastic, the caustic, the nakedly human, art with an irreverent or whimsical sense of humor, and art with little remove from raw physicality. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Though Gabaldon wrote Claire as a character whose face betrays her every emotion, Balfe always played the part at a slight remove, with an aloof dignity betrayed only when Claire decides to speak her mind. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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The first known use of remove was in the 14th century

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place
: to cause (something) to no longer exist
: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce removability (audio) \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce removeable (audio) \ adjective
removableness noun

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