re·​mov·​al | \ ri-ˈmü-vəl How to pronounce removal (audio) \

Definition of removal

: the act or process of removing : the fact of being removed

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Examples of removal in a Sentence

We arranged for the removal of the old car. The city is having problems with trash removal. Surgical removal of the tumor might be necessary.
Recent Examples on the Web At-home stain removal comes with many risks: setting that wine blotch forever, rubbing a hole in your favorite shirt, making dye bleed. Kevin Brasler, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The opioid crisis was contributing to skyrocketing child-removal rates. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Mari partnered with water filter company Hydroviv to donate and distribute her very own high-capacity lead-removal filters to families and child-centric organizations in Flint. Paul Grein, Billboard, 4 May 2022 The eye-catching images and graphics, along with weekly updates on its plastics-removal missions and its partnerships with the band Coldplay, have helped the group build a following of nearly 700,000. CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 To attempt anything more ambitious than that baseline, carbon-removal scenario, the countries of the world would have to marshal real political momentum for emissions reduction. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 And, with recent dam-removal projects, the river now booms with great blue heron, steelhead trout, and northern pike. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 One area of focus is a snow-removal plan, which the mayor said the city has never had. John Benson, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 Eberwein was intrigued by the potential in how KlimaDAO seeks to accelerate the cost of carbon, in order to pressure businesses into investing in low-carbon technologies and carbon-removal projects. Charlotte Kent, Wired, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of removal

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of removal was in 1595

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20 May 2022

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“Removal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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re·​mov·​al | \ ri-ˈmü-vəl How to pronounce removal (audio) \

Kids Definition of removal

: the act of moving away or getting rid of : the fact of being moved away or gotten rid of snow removal removal of stains



Legal Definition of removal

: the act or process of removing : the fact of being removed

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