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 Private firefighters may remove flammable objects or carry out preventive measures, but are not authorized to use fire, said Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Cal Fire opens investigation into private firefighting activities in Glass Fire," 7 Oct. 2020 Do not remove the stub from your ballot or it will not be counted. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "What you need to know to vote during this election: Election Truth," 6 Oct. 2020 Risks, in his view, include any efforts to remove tax incentives too quickly or delay construction of the charging-station network. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "From cannabis to cars: 5 industries that might offer long-term investment potential," 4 Oct. 2020 The commission can reprimand, censure, suspend with or without pay, remove from office or retire a judge. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago judge accused of trying to kiss cop, propositioning court reporter in elevator, making sexually suggestive comments to assistant state’s attorney resigns," 2 Oct. 2020 Faced with the choice to remove her hijab or sit out the match, Najah decided not to play. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A Muslim athlete was disqualified from her high school volleyball match for wearing a hijab," 27 Sep. 2020 The board will then discuss whether to keep, remove or change the SRO program during its meetings on Nov. 19 and Dec. 7. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard school system sets timeline with meetings, discussions on whether to remove school resource officers," 25 Sep. 2020 The company says 3 to 5 percent of people impeded by the Barnacle try to remove or destroy the device. Washington Post, "What to do about parking violations on vacation," 23 Sep. 2020 So, short of a criminal conviction, the state has little ability to remove officers or prevent them from moving to another department. Andrew Ford, ProPublica, "New Jersey Law Says Criminal Cops Should Go to Jail. Records Reveal They Often Don’t.," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 To encounter real literary style is almost always to encounter the past, because style itself is a remove, an art of arrangement that puts the tale and the way it is told before the person telling it. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 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

11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remove. Accessed 20 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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