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

India raised tariffs on 28 American goods in retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to remove the country’s trade privileges in a row over protectionism. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 June 2019 According to invoices for Desmond’s projects, a truck and driver hired to remove a desk from his downtown office cost $492, at a rate of $53 per hour. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor budgets $240,000 for office furniture, remodeling," 21 June 2019 Drain thoroughly, wrap in paper towels or spin bean sprouts in a salad spinner to remove all excess moisture. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh salmon gets a lift in this picture-perfect stack," 21 June 2019 Pozner founded the HONR Network in 2014, which has helped urge corporations like YouTube to remove thousands of false posts about the massacre. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father of Sandy Hook victim finds vindication in ruling against Dane County hoaxer," 21 June 2019 There are tents at every camp loaded with detritus that teams simply refuse to remove. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 The photos on the Facebook page for his company, Vaughan Gators, show that a hoist was eventually used to remove the alligator from the road. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "The trapper was skeptical. What he found was a nearly 500-pound gator on the highway.," 20 June 2019 The danger, nuclear nonproliferation experts warn, is that at 20% enrichment, only a fraction of atoms need to be removed to enrich up to weapons-grade levels of 90%. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: Iran threatens increased uranium enrichment, U.S. announces troop increase," 19 June 2019 The bill requires the remaining 15% to be offset through practices intended to remove carbon from the atmosphere, such as the planting of trees. CBS News, "New York set to adopt aggressive emission reduction goals," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For as much as the series filters its point of view through the eyes of the girls, there’s another level of remove. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 Having settled in, Graham has developed a new way of working at a remove from the traditional fashion system, which is currently in a state of turmoil. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Gary Graham Relaunches From a Room of His Own in Upstate New York," 24 Oct. 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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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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