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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Soon, the machines will be shut down and workers will have to enter and remove these plastic bags. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: Where does my recycling go after it's picked up from the curb?," 20 Oct. 2020 Remove from pan to a work surface and remove the stems, seeds and veins. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Start preparing this beef birria recipe the day before eating," 20 Oct. 2020 Those quick passes did two things: take the pressure off the San Francisco offensive line and remove the sting out of the L.A. pass rush. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 6 winners and losers: Bucs' defense shines, Adam Gase's Jets hit embarrassing low," 19 Oct. 2020 Brushing every day, regardless of your hair texture, will also help exfoliate the scalp and remove dead hair. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts," 19 Oct. 2020 So far, the prime minister has refused, but his officials believe Parliament will force his hand when members of the House of Lords -- the U.K.’s unelected upper chamber -- remove the clauses that would breach international law. Tim Ross, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Ready to Rewrite Lawbreaking Brexit Bill to Get EU Deal," 18 Oct. 2020 Philanthropic organizations, private companies, judges and lawmakers turned to algorithms as a solution, saying risk assessment tools could remove the arbitrariness, subjectivity and disparities of the existing system. NBC News, "California may replace cash bail with algorithms — but some worry that will be less fair," 17 Oct. 2020 The former have solid spikes that dig into the ground, whereas the latter have hollow tines that remove a small plug of earth. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best manual lawn aerator," 17 Oct. 2020 In addition to bold, cross-border government policies that remove barriers to a low-carbon world, companies must continue to advance sustainability through innovation. Daniel Pinto, Fortune, "How one of the world’s biggest banks plans to tackle climate change," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At a far remove from the Music Center — as well from all the other monuments — is a projection of Daryl Davis, a Black pianist known for meeting with and converting members of the Ku Klux Klan. Washington Post, "The trees have eyes in Strathmore’s mesmerizing art installation ‘Monuments’," 15 Oct. 2020 To watch the fires, even from a safe remove, is to watch the blazing spectacle of our hubris march forward under a rippling battle flag. Lydia Millet, The New Republic, "The Risk of Watching the World Burn on TV," 28 Aug. 2020 Though nominally a supervising agent, the SSA operated at some remove from the rubber-meets-the-road investigating. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Clinesmith’s Guilty Plea: The Perfect Snapshot of Crossfire Hurricane Duplicity," 24 Aug. 2020 The trek is worthwhile — and not merely for the sense of remove from the everyday world. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 Viewed from this safe remove, New York’s shelter-in-place order seemed to be an Insta-blur of funfetti-cupcake breakfasts, back-yard barbecues, and before-and-after pics of sourdough-bread starters. Patricia Park, The New Yorker, "Taking My Place at My Father’s Grocery Store," 16 May 2020 But observing corporate culture and day-to-day operations at a virtual remove is less than ideal. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Coronavirus Hobbles Corporate Compliance Monitoring," 14 Apr. 2020 This dangerous remove from reality was possible for too long because of the absence of data showing how bad things already were. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe," 21 Mar. 2020 Higher concentrations were found in rooms where medical staff remove protective equipment, which may imply that particles contaminating their gear became airborne again when masks, gloves and gowns are removed. Fox News, "Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces, study finds," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for remove

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

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remove. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for remove

remove

verb
How to pronounce remove (audio)

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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