eliminate

verb

elim·​i·​nate i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating

transitive verb

1
a
: to put an end to or get rid of : remove
eliminate errors
b
: to remove from consideration
eliminate someone as a suspect
c
: to remove from further competition by defeating
the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
2
: to expel (waste) from the living body
3
mathematics : to cause to disappear by combining two or more equations
eliminate an unknown quantity

intransitive verb

: to expel waste from the living body
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Example Sentences

Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic. The body naturally eliminates waste products. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.
Recent Examples on the Web The simplest fix is to eliminate the temptation to scroll altogether. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2023 One easy way to corral clutter is to eliminate the pool of footwear that tends to collect by the door. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2023 The point, the department says, is to eliminate some of the complexity that deters people from enrolling. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 In a statement regarding the changes, Stanford University explained the goal was to eliminate racist, violent and biased language which could be harmful. Amy Nelson, Fox News, 22 Dec. 2022 The goal here is not to eliminate every single source of greenhouse gas emissions, but to slash at least 85 percent of them, and then support natural resources or technologies that can absorb what remains. Sabrina Shankman, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Dec. 2022 But the innovative director is taking some interesting steps that are possible only with digital media to eliminate some of the issues that The Hobbit had. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 15 Dec. 2022 The main purpose of empowering the leader to make this selection was to eliminate internal caucus politics from the job, something that harmed the two previous DCCC chairs, Reps. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.). Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Dec. 2022 Officials said the goal in creating the new boundaries is to eliminate bus routes to create a more efficient system that reduces long wait times for students in getting to and from school and reduces work loads for bus drivers. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e- + limin-, limen threshold

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

eliminate

verb
elim·​i·​nate i-ˈlim-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
1
a
: to get rid of : remove
b
: to remove from further competition by defeating
2
: to expel from the living body
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Medical Definition

eliminate

transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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