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

The agency says the arrest was part of a routine operation based on an anonymous tip to remove Gramajo, who had re-entered the US illegally in 2004. Amir Vera And Ed Lavandera, CNN, "Houston activist who invited ICE to a community forum is facing deportation. His family believes he was targeted," 17 Sep. 2019 My service to Planned Parenthood has left my family with upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal fees, relocation costs, and even expenses to remove the security equipment that PPFA installed in my house. Fox News, "Planned Parenthood ex-CEO writes letter to board amid severance dispute," 17 Sep. 2019 Consumer concerns have led many companies to voluntarily remove parabens from their products. Tracy Middleton, Allure, "The Story Behind Allure's New Clean Best of Beauty Seal," 16 Sep. 2019 The new license would be good through 2039, four years past a deadline the Energy Department initially set with Idaho to remove the radioactive waste. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho," 16 Sep. 2019 Chatham’s commissioners voted 4-1 in August to ask a United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter to have a plan by Oct. 1 to remove the statute. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 The water was dropped about 6 feet in an effort to remove or reduce the abundance of starry stonewort, which was first found in the lake in 2015. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An invasive species called starry stonewort has spread to Lake Country waters," 16 Sep. 2019 After a 5-year-old child’s finger got stuck in a school bus seatbelt buckle, New Fairfield and Danbury first responders worked together to remove the buckle with a high-speed diamond cutter. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Danbury firefighters remove school bus seatbelt buckle from child’s finger," 15 Sep. 2019 Four of those campaigns failed to gather enough signatures, one recall target resigned for unrelated reasons, and the attempt to remove Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, is ongoing. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Sept. 9-15," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those who were on the staff of America’s central bank were relegated to the basement, at a safe remove from the corridors where real decisions were made. The Economist, "When economists ruled the world," 31 Aug. 2019 Most taxidermy stories hold their animals at a remove, framing them as either pedagogical—fodder for exhibition—or perverse. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Waxman writes with a wry remove, jumping wittily between her character’s thoughts and adding in plenty of asides about everything from Los Angeles neighborhoods to bookstore shoppers to literature. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 FaceApp said most of their photo editing is done off of a user's device in remove servers, and the image that is uploaded must be selected by the user. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Photo editor FaceApp goes viral again, prompting security concerns," 17 July 2019 From the safe remove of a viewing stand atop a concrete bunker—that happened to serve as the firing room next to the pad from which John Glenn was launched in 1962—the test rocket was barely visible, more than 2.1 miles away. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "With NASA's Orion Abort-System Test, Americans Just Took a Small (and Very Big) Step Closer to the Moon," 2 July 2019 In Juliet the Maniac, Escoria interrupts the main first-person narrative with archival documents and flash-forwards that allow her to recount Juliet’s struggles with bipolar disorder from a slight remove. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019 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

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

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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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