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

Definition of eliminate

transitive verb

1a : 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

Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Those maps would eliminate the majority-Black districts that currently run through Detroit. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2021 With separate stackable pieces that can be attached for heavier reps or removed for lighter weight, these home gym essentials are great space-saving options that eliminate the need for an entire rack of dumbbells. Samantha Jones, Health.com, 29 Nov. 2021 But the risk posed by both Kast and Boric is more social unrest, and rough and tumble political wars that could eliminate Chilean exceptionalism as a politically stable South American state. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Council President Lorena Gonzalez, who was defeated by Bruce Harrell for mayor by 18 points, just offered a budget amendment that would eliminate 101 officer positions. Dan Springer, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2021 The Sooners' offense had nearly two weeks to prepare for Dave Aranda's defense and still managed to put up only 260 yards of offense in a loss that could eliminate the Big 12 from playoff contention. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 Cincinnati's best hope to make the playoff is Georgia completing a perfect romp through the SEC, which would likely eliminate Alabama or any other team from what is clearly the nation's best conference. Paul Newberry, ajc, 12 Nov. 2021 Each coach has health and safety measures in place, including two Sanuvox UV air filtration systems that eliminate 99 percent of germs and bacteria. Kathryn Streeter, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Nov. 2021 That would eliminate some, if not most, of the investment made by developers to make more affordable medicines available to patients. Dan Leonard, STAT, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of eliminate

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for eliminate

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

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The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eliminate

: to remove (something that is not wanted or needed) : to get rid of (something)
: to defeat and remove (a team, player, etc.) from a competition


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

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with


transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Medical Definition of eliminate

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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