re·moved | \ri-ˈmüvd \

Definition of removed 

1a : distant in degree of relationship

b : of a younger or older generation a second cousin's child is a second cousin once removed

2 : separate or remote in space, time, or character

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Synonyms & Antonyms for removed


away, deep, distant, far, far-flung, far-off, faraway, remote


close, near, nearby, nigh

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Examples of removed in a Sentence

We're looking for an apartment somewhat removed from the noise of downtown. The child of your first cousin is your first cousin once removed.

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Even with these projects, the 16-time WWE champ is never too far removed from the world of WWE. Justin Barrasso,, "Week in Wrestling: John Cena on What Made WrestleMania 34 Special, His New Animated Series," 30 May 2018 Mazeffa at 50 — introverted and bookish, a chess master, assistant librarian and college graduate — seemed far removed from the angry 17-year-old who grabbed a shotgun 32 years ago and destroyed two lives. Samantha Melamed,, "Why are juvenile lifers from Philly getting radically different sentences than those in the rest of Pennsylvania?," 10 July 2018 In the park's most recent permit, the state increased or completely removed limits for several pollutants, including chlorine, oil and grease, and total suspended solids (solids in water that can be trapped by a filter), The Star found. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 The risk isn’t higher because the cold front coming through isn’t particularly strong and storms that form will be far removed from its associated low-pressure center, where the air is rising most rapidly. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Washington’s first round of spring thunderstorms may erupt Thursday afternoon," 9 May 2018 European officials have direct contact only with the Sudanese immigration police, and not with the R.S.F., or the security forces that Lieutenant Omar works for, known as N.I.S.S. But their operations are not that far removed. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "By Stifling Migration, Sudan’s Feared Secret Police Aid Europe," 22 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received 12,772 complaints about nuisance alligators an removed 8,118 of them from various locations that year. Doug Phillips,, "9-foot-long alligator was unwanted pool guest," 20 Apr. 2018 Both also show an affection for strong-man leadership, and while American democracy is far removed from China's one-party authoritarian system, Trump's verbal attacks on the mainstream media and certain judges have drawn criticism. Christopher Bodeen, USA TODAY, "Xi vs Trump: Who has the better hand in any potential trade war?," 11 Apr. 2018 For Jeffrey Whidden, a 32-year-old order writer for a steel company, the question was even more removed than the color of Frost’s table. Stephanie Apstein,, "The Wikipedia War for UCF's National Championship," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of removed

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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far removed from

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The first known use of removed was circa 1548

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English Language Learners Definition of removed

: away from something

: of a younger or older generation

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a state of commotion or excitement

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